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Entries and nominations for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards are NOW OPEN!

The 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner to kick-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 5, 2015 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary. The annual awards program honours the best in the industry and gives the region's magazine professionals a chance to commend the work of their colleagues. The opportunity to celebrate achievement within our community both strengthens and inspires us to further excellence. 

Earlybird deadline: Dec. 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Final deadline: Dec. 12, 2014 at 4 p.m.

You require an AMPA website user account to access the forms, so please LOG IN (in the sidebar to the right) or create your account. Once logged in, you will have access to the forms in the sidebar to the right.

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AWBMF emerging writer award
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- MEDIA SPONSORS -
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- FUNDERS -
Government of Canada
          Government of Alberta
AMPA acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Media Fund (AMF), towards our project costs.

 

For more information about sponsorship, download our 2015 Alberta Magazines Conference Sponsorship package.

2015 Showcase Awards

Description of Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in magazine editorial content and design. AMPA is pleased to announce the 2015 Showcase Awards categories:

WRITTEN Alberta Story, Emerging Writer, Essay, Feature Writing - Short, Fiction, Poetry, Profile, and Service
VISUAL Art Direction for a Single Issue, Feature Design, Illustration, Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture, and Photograph - People and Portraiture
INTEGRATED Cover
DIGITAL Digital Presence

Categories for Showcase Awards

Written Categories

Alberta Story   

Articles in this category must showcase a distinctly Alberta subject, flavour and flair. This is subject to broad interpretation but examples would be stories about Alberta’s cultural and economic scene; stories about interesting Albertans; or stories told from a distinctly Albertan perspective. Entries in this category are not eligible for entry in any other written category.

Emerging Writer     Sponsored by   AWBMF emerging writer award

This category is for non-fiction or journalistic work written by either a current full-time post-secondary student or a magazine intern who has graduated within the past three years. Articles published in magazines (including university/college) based in Western Canadian provinces (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba) are eligible. Entries do not have to be from an AMPA member magazine. This award goes to the writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award was established to honour and preserve the memory of journalist Amber Webb-Bowerman and to help support emerging magazine talent.

Essay

Articles in this category include those in which a writer’s perspective is paramount. Regular columns may also be entered in this category.

Feature Writing  

Articles in this category include any fact-based work of non-fiction. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact. Entries cannot be submitted to any other written category.

Fiction

Articles in this category include any work of fiction first published by the magazine. Entries are not eligible for entry in any other written category.

Poetry

Articles in this category include any work of poetry first published by the magazine. A collection of up to three poems by the same author, all published in the same issue, may also be entered in this category.

Profile     Sponsored by   Apple magazine

Articles in this category focus on a person or a group.

Service    

Articles in this category include any explanatory or informational piece, which organizes information of a practical applicability to the reader. Topics can cover health, medicine, relationships, education, travel, recreation, sports, music, entertainment, décor, hobbies, food, fashion, personal finance, etc.

Visual Categories

Art Direction for a Single Issue   

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the issue’s theme. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single magazine issue.

Feature Design

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the story narrative. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single magazine article.

Illustration 

A compelling and unique illustration that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture 

A compelling and unique photo of a landscape, still life or architectural subject, that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well. Entrants must declare the nature of any substantial and/or unapparent manipulations of images for the consideration of the judges.

Photograph - People and Portraiture 

A compelling and unique photo of a person or group of people, that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well. Entrants must declare the nature of any substantial and/or unapparent manipulations of images for the consideration of the judges.

Integrated Categories

Cover   

Any single magazine cover can be entered. This category is judged on the creative synergy between imagery and textual elements.

Digital Categories

Digital Presence

A magazine companion website redesign, mobile app, microsite, or multimedia feature, or any other specific digital project, that was launched in 2014, which:

  • Demonstrates high editorial standards and effective use of the digital medium to reach and engage the intended audience.
  • Demonstrates best practices in navigation and architecture; interactivity; excellent content and outstanding design; and, if applicable, integration with print publication.

How to Enter Showcase Awards

To prepare your materials in advance, consult the Showcase Awards Checklist:

  • Awards submissions are now being accepted. You require an AMPA website user account to access the forms, so please LOG IN (in the sidebar to the right) or create your account. Once logged in, you will have access to the forms in the sidebar to the right ------>
  • You have the option to add and upload multiple entries at any time (up to the submissions deadline) by logging in to your website account, with just one payment at the end for all entries.
  • All submissions must include the magazine’s editorial mandate.
  • A magazine may submit up to three entries per category.
  • Each entry must include a high-resolution (300 dpi) image no larger than 20 MB, in PDF format, of the published work.
    • For Art Direction for a Single Issue, please upload the issue cover, and send four copies of this issue to the AMPA office (#304, 1240 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary AB T2N 3P7).
    • For Digital Presence, please include an image (e.g., screenshot of homepage) and a URL (live from the date of entry through April 2015).
  • The image filename should be formatted accordingly: categoryabbreviation_magazine_entrytitle (no spaces or punctuation symbols). (e.g. Illustration entry Due Diligence from Alberta Oil would be: I_AlbertaOil_DueDiligence.pdf).
    Category abbreviations are as follows:
    • Alberta Story = A
    • Art Direction for a Single Issue = AD
    • Cover = C
    • Digital Presence = D
    • Emerging Writer = EW
    • Essay = E
    • Feature Design = FD
    • Feature Writing (Short) = FW
    • Fiction = F
    • Illustration = I
    • Photograph: Landscape, Still Life and Architecture = PL
    • Photograph: People and Portraiture = PP
    • Poetry = P
    • Profile = PR
    • Service = S
  • Payment can be made via PayPal (including credit cards) or by cheque. The online form will prompt selection of payment method

Guidelines and Rules for Showcase Awards

Guidelines and Rules for All Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards competition is open to work published in an issue dated 2014 in any current AMPA member magazine (with the exception of the Emerging Writer award, which is open to work by an emerging Alberta writer in a Western Canadian magazine). Submissions from digital magazines and magazine websites must be original work first published during the 2014 calendar year. Works completed in December 2013, after last year’s Awards Program closed on Dec. 18, are eligible for submission with the 2014 entries.

  • Advertorial and/or promotional content is inadmissible
  • Entries must be the work of Canadian content creators
  • Entries that don’t conform to the rules or fit category definitions may be disqualified without notice. Entry fees won’t be refunded
  • No entries will be returned. No refunds will be granted
  • All decisions made by the judges are final
  • Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in a category if, in their opinion, no entry merits one
  • AMPA reserves the right to use the winning entries in the awards program for exhibit, educational purposes, online and/or in a publication of collected work, but not for sale or profit
  • The number of finalists in each category will be proportionate to the number of entries submitted in each category up to a maximum of five finalists
  • Finalists will be announced in each category prior to the Awards Gala
  • See specific rules below and in category descriptions

Specific Rules for Written Categories

  • Awards for writing are open to staff or freelance contributors
  • With the exception of the fiction category, all written submissions must be non-fiction
  • The same written work may be entered in multiple categories, unless otherwise indicated
  • Awards are for articles published as “first rights” only

Specific Rules for Visual Categories

  • Awards for design are open to staff or freelance contributors
  • The same work may be entered in multiple categories

Specific Rules for Digital Categories

  • Entries must have been executed and made available live online during at least part of 2014, and for judging purposes must still be live online through to April 2015.

Judging for Showcase Awards

Judging for All Showcase Awards

Judges in all categories receive written instructions and an explanation of the judging process. Judges are responsible for the selection of finalists by first working individually to submit scores from 0 to 100. From these scores, the top 10 submissions are compiled and a gold and silver winner and up to five finalists are determined. If the judges' scores vary by 15 or more points on more than one-fifth of the entries, all finalists in that category will proceed to a second round of judging, via a moderated conference call, to deliberate and collaboratively determine finalists, silver and gold winners. The judges’ decision is final. See specific judging criteria for respective categories.

Conflict of Interest:
A judge shall be considered ineligible to adjudicate a panel in which: his/her name appears on the masthead of the magazine entered in that category; is entered as a writer or other contributor in that category.

Category Review:
AMPA reviews its award categories annually. Stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on the clarity of category descriptions, relevance, and omissions.

Judging for All Written Categories

All entries are adjudicated by a carefully selected panel of three industry professionals who give equal weight to the five following areas:

Writing style, engaging voice

   /20

Content

   /20

Creativity; originality

   /20

Appropriateness for target audience and ability to engage readers

   /20

Overall impact

   /20


Judging for All Visual Categories

Aesthetic considerations are the main focus of entries in visual categories, but judges also weigh the appropriateness of the visual material for the:

  • accompanying text
  • magazine medium
  • intended audience
Specific Judging for Feature Design

Overall

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful                    
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /40

   /20

Image or Graphic Elements

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /20
   /10

Text

  • Text works well within the design     

  

   /10

Specific Judging for Art Direction for a Single Issue

Overall

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful                    
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /40

   /20

Image or Graphic Elements

  • Creativity, originality, visual impact
  • Quality of production

   

   /20
   /10

Text

  • Text works well within the design     

  

   /10

Specific Judging for Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20

Specific Judging for Photograph - People and Portaiture

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20

Specific Judging for Illustration

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20


Judging for Integrated Categories

Specific Judging for Cover

This category is judged on the creative synergy between imagery and textual elements.

Overall

  • Image and cover line are synergistic, reinforce each other through literal or subtextual means
  • Logo, image, graphic elements and text all work together

 

   /20

   /10

Graphic Element/Image

  • Creativity, originality, visual impact
  • Quality of production  

 

   /40
   /5

Text

  • Cover line content
  • Cover line appearance

  

   /20
   /5


Judging for Digital Categories

Specific Judging for Digital Presence

An online publication or magazine companion website that demonstrates high editorial standards and effective use of the digital medium to reach and engage the intended audience. Demonstrates best practices in navigation and architecture; interactivity, including use of social media or mobile apps; excellent content and outstanding design; and, if applicable, integration with print publication.

Overall experience

   /30

Content

   /20

Structure

   /10

Navigation

   /10

Visual Design

   /10

Functionality

   /10

Interactivity

   /10

2015 Achievement Awards

Description for Achievement Awards

 The Achievement Awards recognize the innovation and creativity made by an individual or publication to the magazine industry. Achievement Awards include both individual and publication categories: Achievement in Publishing, Best New Magazine, Editor of the Year, Magazine of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

Winners will be announced prior to the Awards Gala. The winners are invited to attend the event with a guest.

Categories for Achievement Awards

Achievement in Publishing

The individual has demonstrated a history of creating excellent magazine content and/or products; achieved long-term success in the magazine industry; and made significant contributions to the Alberta magazine industry, including volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and collaboration.

  • A nominee can be anyone who works with an AMPA member magazine, has made a significant contribution to Alberta’s magazine publishing industry, and is a current resident of Alberta.
  • To qualify, a nominee must have worked a minimum of five years in the Alberta magazine industry.
  • The award is open to all magazine professionals in various areas of publishing, including but not limited to publishers, editors, art directors, freelancers, sales managers and circulation experts.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the candidate’s career in magazine publishing to date (ie: companies/organizations worked for, positions held, key responsibilities); key highlights in the candidate’s career (special accomplishments or unique individual successes); the candidate’s contributions to the Alberta magazine publishing industry, and how they have made a difference and helped improve the industry as a whole
  • Nominations require two letters of support, and four copies of two issues that demonstrate the nominee’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

Best New Magazine

The magazine demonstrates excellence in editorial and design, fulfills a niche within the industry, and has strong potential for long-term sustainability.

  • To qualify, the magazine must have a head office in Alberta (but does not have to be an AMPA member magazine), and have begun publishing after Jan. 1, 2012
  • Magazines that don’t abide by the national Magazine Advertising-Editorial Guidelines aren’t eligible. (View these guidelines at http://www.albertamagazines.com/images/member/Code-of-Reader-Advertiser-Engagement-2.pdf).
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including the editorial mandate, audience, staff positions, frequency, circulation and distribution); how the magazine fulfills a niche within the industry; and why the magazine has strong potential for long-term sustainability.
  • Nominations require four copies of two recent issues that demonstrate the publication’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

Editor of the Year

The individual has achieved standards of excellence in the creation of an Alberta magazine or magazines, demonstrating that they: fulfill the stated mandate or vision of the magazine through editorial content that is engaging and relevant to its target audience; and maintain high standards of editorial quality throughout the magazine.

The individual also demonstrates strong qualities of resourcefulness, collaboration and vision, as demonstrated by the nominee’s ability to: bring out excellence in writers; maximize economic and people resources in the creation of superior content; and engage stakeholders in venues beyond the magazine in ways that strengthen the magazine’s brand and sustainability.

  • A nominee can be anyone who works with an AMPA member magazine, has made a significant contribution to Alberta’s magazine publishing industry, and is a current resident of Alberta.
  • To qualify, magazine editors must have been employed by an AMPA member magazine and worked on at least two consecutive issues in the year 2014.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including circulation, frequency, mandate, audience, staff positions and editorial budget); the candidate’s duties at the magazine; and the candidate’s achievements relative to the editor position
  • Nominations require two letters of support, and four copies of two issues from the past year that demonstrate the candidate’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

Magazine of the Year

The magazine consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.

  • To qualify, the publication must be an AMPA member magazine and have a head office in Alberta
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including the editorial mandate, audience, staff positions, frequency, circulation and distribution); and a summary of the magazine’s achievements during the past year.
  • Nominations require four copies of two recent issues from the past year that demonstrate the publication’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

Volunteer of the Year

The individual can be anyone who has worked with an AMPA member magazine, has demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement, and has inspired others to take part in the industry.

  • To qualify, a candidate must have contributed more than 30 volunteer hours in 2014 to an AMPA member magazine or to AMPA.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the candidate’s magazine-related volunteer activities this past year; volunteer activities the nominee has been involved with in their lifetime (including non-magazine related work); and why the candidate volunteers for the Alberta magazine industry
  • Nominations require two letters of support.

 

How to Nominate for Achievement Awards

To prepare your materials in advance, consult the Achievement Awards Checklist .

  • If you don’t already have an AMPA website user account, you will need to create one to access Achievement Awards nomination forms ----->
  • Once you have logged-in, you'll find the link to the awards forms in the sidebar to the right
  • You have the option to add and upload multiple nominations at any time (up to the submissions deadline) by logging in to your website account
  • Complete one online form for each nominee
  • All decisions made by the judges are final
  • Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in a category if, in their opinion, no entry merits one
  • See specific category descriptions for support material requirements
  • For categories requiring support letters, the filenames should be formatted accordingly: categoryabbreviation_NomineeFullname_Letter# (no spaces or punctuation symbols). (e.g. filename of the 2nd letter of support nominating Rob Tanner for Achievement in Publishing: AP_RobTanner_2). Category abbreviations are as follows:
    • Achievement in Publishing = AP
    • Editor of the Year = EY
    • Volunteer of the Year = VY
  • There is no fee for nominations
  • Deadline for nominations and all support materials: 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Guidelines and Rules for Achievement Awards

Nominees must be current AMPA member magazines (with the exception of the Best New Magazine award):

  • Individual nominees must be current residents of Alberta
  • Publication nominees must have a head office in Alberta
  • Previous nominees are eligible for this award, but not previous winners.
  • AMPA reserves the right to use the winning nomination materials in the awards program for exhibit, educational purposes, online and/or in a publication of collected work, but not for sale or profit

Judging for Achievement Awards

Judging for All Achievement Awards

Individuals from the AMPA Board of Directors, as well as a previous Achievement Award winner and one industry expert, will make up the judging committee. The committee will consider submitted nominations, along with nominations from the committee itself to select a winner. See specific judging criteria for applicable categories.

Specific Judging for Achievement in Publishing

The winner will have demonstrated:

  • A history of creating excellent magazine content and/or products
  • Long-term success in the magazine industry
  • Significant contributions to the Alberta magazine industry, including volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and collaboration

Specific Judging for Best New Magazine

The winner is a magazine that demonstrates excellence in editorial and design, fulfills a niche within the industry, and has strong potential for long-term sustainability.

Specific Judging for Editor of the Year

The winner will have achieved standards of excellence in the creation of an Alberta magazine or magazines, demonstrating that they:

  • fulfill the stated mandate or vision of the magazine through editorial content that is engaging and relevant to its target audience
  • maintain high standards of editorial quality throughout the magazine

Judges will also recognize the nominee who demonstrates strong qualities of resourcefulness, collaboration and vision, as demonstrated by the nominee’s ability to:

  • bring out excellence in writers
  • maximize economic and people resources in the creation of superior content
  • engage stakeholders in venues beyond the magazine in ways that strengthen the magazine’s brand and sustainability

Specific Judging for Magazine of the Year

The winner is a magazine that consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers, and demonstrates significant achievements during the past year.

Specific Judging for Volunteer of the Year

The winner will have demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement and have inspired others to take part in the industry. Nominees will be evaluated on both their volunteer contributions in 2014 and their past history of volunteer involvement.

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