December 4: Call for Entries

January 15: Early-Bird Deadline

January 22: Final Submissions Deadline


The NMAF welcomes applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural and regional communities.


Canadian magazines and individuals (writers, creators) are invited to enter the 41st National Magazine Awards competition. Before you submit your work, please read the Eligibility criteria & rules


Back by popular demand, the National Magazine Awards is offering a special discount to freelancer writers, photographers and illustrators who enter their own work for consideration through the Freelance Support Fund.



All entries must be submitted online. For each entry, a PDF must be uploaded during the online submission process, even if from a digital platform.  


For WRITTEN category submissions, upload a PDF of the complete article/submission. PDFs must have a resolution of 200 dpi and be printable on 8.5 X 11” paper. Ensure that all text is no closer than 0.5" to the edge of the page. No double-page spreads. 


For VISUAL and INTEGRATED category submissions, upload a PDF of the complete article or spread accompanying the visual submission (double-page PDF spread where possible). For Art Direction for an Entire Issue, upload a PDF of the issue cover. Tablet Magazine submitters must enter the URL to their iTunes page or app where judges can download the issue to be judged. Hard copies are required for Art Direction of an Entire Issue, Best Editorial Package, and Best Service Editorial Package. 



Hard copies are only required for submissions in the following categories (see detailed instructions below).

  • Art Direction Grand Prix
  • Best Editorial Package
  • All Best Magazine Categories


Art Direction Grand Prix submissions require six (6) original issues of the magazine. Please attach your entry form (generated when you complete the online submission) to one of the issues. Submitters must also upload a PDF version of the issue cover during the online application. 


Best Editorial Package submissions must include six (6) sets of originals or photocopies (even if from a digital platform) with the Entry Form clipped on top. Photocopies must be 8.5x11". Attach the entry form to the tear sheets. If the Editorial Package consists of an entire issue, you may provide six (6) copies of the issue. 


Best Magazine submissions must consist of a completed application form in which the submitter must provide details on each of the four general criteria, as well as six (6) sets of any two issues of the magazine from 2017. Submitters may choose to submit additional supporting documentation, such as event materials, special editions or publications, branded merchandise, media kits, etc.


Hard copies should be packaged with a copy of the Entry Form, and shipped to the NMA office (deliveries accepted between 9 and 5 EST.)


National Magazine Awards

2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600

Toronto, M4P 1E4


Entries must be received online by January 22, and all hard copies are due in hand by January 31.