TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 21, 2016) - Magazines Canada today announced that it will mark Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017 by launching the new Canadian Magazine Awards/Grands prix du magazine program, to be known as the Magazine Grands Prix.
"Canadian magazines have a special place in the hearts of Canadians. Showcasing many of Canada's best writers, designers and photographers, magazines engage Canadians with Canadian stories across virtually every platform, from beautiful tactile print to rich websites to social media in all its forms," said Magazines Canada Board Chair Douglas Knight. "The Magazine Grands Prix will celebrate creative and journalistic excellence, honouring the editors and art directors, writers, photographers and illustrators, designers, developers and producers who bring the unique craft of magazine storytelling to life with each issue and every posting."
Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada's President and CEO, added, "The new Magazine Grands Prix will be more than just an awards gala. We will be launching a paid fellowship program to embed emerging talent in Canadian magazines across the country. The goal of this exciting new program is to deepen the conversation on issues that drive our country forward: fellowship themes will change each year, ranging from social issues, to the economy, to lifestyle, and beyond. With Canada's 150th being celebrated in 2017, the new fellowship is designed to help the next generation of Canadian voices contribute to the national conversation."
Magazines Canada developed the new awards and fellowship program with advice from representatives of over 75 magazines: from the country's best known English- and French-language magazines to small, independent and cultural publications, in all regions of the country.
The inaugural Magazine Grands Prix will be held in Toronto on April 27, 2017 in conjunction with Magazine Canada's annual MagNet conference, North America's largest annual gathering of magazine professionals.
About the Magazine Grands Prix
Starting in 2017, a bold new awards program will celebrate the best of Canada's magazine media. From the most dog-eared pages to the best in multi-media content, the Canadian Magazine Awards will showcase the sector's range and excellence. Join us as we recognize the country's creators and the brands that publish their work -- across all platforms. Bilingual, diverse, and open: the new Magazine Grands Prix will honour Canadian voices, Canadian readers, and the stories and perspectives that set us apart.
Submissions will be welcome from all Canadian magazines: large and small, niche, specialty and general interest, local, regional and national. The Magazine Grands Prix include 26 categories: 13 awards for individuals and creators, and 13 for magazines which honour creative and editorial vision and execution. The top two awards will recognize the editor of the year with the "Editor Grand Prix" and the magazine of the year with the "Magazine Grand Prix." Award categories are open to submissions from any platform and extend to new media applications, including videography, motion graphics and multi-platform treatment. Eligible magazines must maintain at least two print editions each year.
Submissions open: December 12, 2016
Submissions close: January 30, 2017
Awards fête: April 27, 2017
About Magazines Canada
Magazines Canada is the national association representing the majority of Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business magazines. French and English member titles cover a wide range of interests across multiple platforms including arts and culture, business and professional, lifestyle and food, news and politics, sports and leisure, women and youth. The association focuses on government affairs, professional development, coordinating national awards programs and marketing campaigns, and delivering services that meet the needs of the magazine industry. Visit magazinescanada.ca.
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