This list of awards is based upon whether a BC resident who works or freelances for a magazine or related industry, or a BC-based magazine or related company, would be eligible to apply.
This list is updated every year or so by Langara College library technician practicum students.
Advertising and Design Club of Canada
ADCC awards are presented at the Directions Awards show in Toronto. The ADCC awards a student with the best work in advertising, graphic design, editorial and book design, and interactive media. Winners receive a cash prize and will be featured in their printed annual book and in the ADCC Archives. The deadline to enter the ADCC 2019 student competition was Friday, May 31.
Canadian Association of Journalists Awards
CAJ offers multiple awards categories for journalistic writing, broadcasting and photojournalism. Awards are given out at their annual conference.
Most categories offer a $500 cash prize for the winner. Entry fees are $30 for members, $110 for non-members, $25 for students, $60 for a team of CAJ members, and $200 for a team of non-CAJ members. Student CAJ members can enter for free. Visit Site
Canadian Magazine Awards
26 awards are given out annually in the categories of best story, best art, best magazine, and grand prizes. Submissions open each year in December and close at the end of January. Submission fees are $100 ($50 for small magazines and freelancers). Visit Site
Canadian Marketing Association Awards and Student Awards
These awards recognize the top marketers in Canada. The CMA Awards are divided into 7 disciplines 8 types categories with gold, silver, or bronze winners. 2018 deadlines are in July, and the awards are given out at a gala in November. Application fees vary depending on the submission date. Visit Site
Canadian Online Publishing Awards
The COPAs are hosted by Masthead and are open to any Canadian company that produces online publications. The competition features 17 categories and 3 divisions in addition to awards for Best Content of the Year, Best Digital Solution of the Year, Independent Publisher of the year and Regional Awards. The application fee is $115. Visit Site
Circulation Management Association of Canada Awards
These awards are open to members of the CMC and offer various categories related to circulation management and marketing. The CMC Audience Development Award offers gold, silver, and bronze awards for the best campaigns. Entry fees are $30 for non-members and free for members. The CMC Scholarship awards $5,000 to an intensive publishing-related program of the recipient’s choice. The Volunteer of the Year awards $300 to the winner. Other awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Magazine of the Year, and the Annual Vendor Award. Award winners are announced at the annual Magnet conference. Visit Site
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards
These awards have been established to empower freelance social justice writers as they move toward final publication of a book or magazine article.
Awards are presented to a Canadian freelance writer who has a contract for publication of a non-fiction magazine article or book. Projects that delve into issues associated with social justice, whether in the Canadian context or globally are strongly encouraged. Further, the hope that is woven through the creation and continuation of these writing awards is always that people will expand their understanding of the world in which they live and may themselves in their own way become active advocates for change as was Dave Greber.
Magazine of the Year Achievement Awards
The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new provincial Achievement Awards categories to its 2020 Awards season: BC Magazine of the Year, Manitoba Magazine of the Year, and Saskatchewan Magazine of the Year.
Recognizing the stellar content produced throughout Western Canada, AMPA is expanding its borders and inviting magazines published in Western provinces to submit entries to Magazine of the Year categories.
Open to print and digital magazines, the Magazine of the Year categories celebrate the culmination of what makes a great magazine: innovative content, superior editors, driven design, and the ability to consistently and proactively serve the needs of readers.
Application deadline: January 31, 2020 4 p.m. MT. Visit Site
National Magazine Awards
These awards recognize the best in the Canadian magazine industry with 29 categories falling under Writing and Visual, Editorial, Grand Prix: Best Magazine, and Special. Awards include cash prizes of $1,000 for gold and $500 for silver winners. The early bird application deadline is mid January and the final application deadline is at the end of January, with varying application fees per award type. Visit Site
Professional Writers Association of Canada Awards
PWAC offers awards in writing, editing and volunteer service. The Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humor and/or Personal Essay Writing winner receives a gift voucher and a one-year membership. The entry fee is $20 per entry for a maximum of three entries per person. The Best Feature Article and Best Short Article winners receive $200 in cash and a PWAC membership. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. The Editor of the Year award is given to an individual, with the winner and finalists receiving a plaque. The Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award winner receives a plaque and membership. Winners of the Regional Volunteer Awards receive a plaque and gift voucher. Visit Site
Writers’ Trust Awards
Among the awards offered by the Writers’ Trust of Canada are two prestigious awards for emerging writers in Canada. The Journey Prize of The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. Prizes are awarded of $10,000 to the winner, $1,000 to finalists, and $2,000 to magazines. See their Facebook page for updates. The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers recognizes an outstanding work of fiction or poetry to an unpublished writer under the age of 35. First place is awarded a $10,000 prize and two finalists are awarded $2,500 per each. Visit Site
The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC)
TWUC offers four awards. The Danuta Gleed Award is given to the best first collection of published short fiction and awards. The winner receives $10,000 and two finalists receive $500 each. The Short Prose for Developing Writers Award is worth $2,500 and is given to unpublished Canadian writers. The Freedom to Read Award recognizes work in support of freedom of expression. The Graeme Gibson Award recognizes varied and remarkable contributions to improve the circumstances of writers in Canada. Visit Site