2022 National Magazine Awards Call For Entries

Call for Entries

Call for Entries to the 45th annual National Magazine Awards is open. This year, there are 28 categories and nine additional cross-program categories Canadian content creators and magazines can submit their original work to, for the chance to be recognized by Canada’s most prestigious media awards organization. The 2022 NMAs will also feature two special awards: Magazine Grand Prix and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.


The Early Bird Rate offer ends on January 14, 2022 and the final submission deadline is January 21, 2022 at midnight (ET). Note that the deadline for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is March 2, 2022, and entries submitted after this date must be emailed to staff@magazine-awards.com.


The 28 National Magazine Awards‘ categories are divided into three distinct award groups: Writing & Visual Awards, Editorial Awards, and Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards.

The nine additional cross-program awards are open to applicants of both the Digital Publishing Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B, as well as applicants of the NMAs. For this cross-program initiative, all entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and one winner will be announced per each category below:

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: Current Affairs
  • Best Podcast: Arts, Culture and Society
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  • Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  • Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  • Best Column

In response to the challenges surrounding COVID-19, no hard copies are required for the 2022 NMAs and all entry materials are to be uploaded via the online submission portal.

Submit Your Entries

Support for Freelancers and Small Magazines

Independent writers and creators are entitled to an exclusive promotion under the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows them to get two entries for the price of one. The promotion only applies to two entries in the Writing & Visual Award group. For more details on eligibility and how to access the promotion, click here.

Magazines whose annual revenue is $200,000 or less are also eligible to receive two entries for the price of one under the Small Magazine Rebate. Funds are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to apply early.

Sister Programs
Digital & B2B

Don’t see a National Magazine Awards category that fits your work? Try the Digital Publishing Awards, where Canadian digital publishers and creators are invited to submit their content to 24 different digital categories. If you’re looking to submit business-to-business content, be sure to check out the National Magazine Awards: B2B’s 18 unique categories.

Apply to be a Juror

We welcome applications from people who bring different perspectives to the judging process—from established industry leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We are also committed to addressing systemic racism and structural biases in Canadian media by ensuring that our judging panels are reflective of Canada’s cultural diversity.

Judging will take place in February and March, 2022. To volunteer as a judge, please apply using the form on our website. If you have any questions about how to apply or the rest of the judging process, please email us at staff@magazine-awards.com.

Apply to be a Juror

About Us

A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize, support and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through annual programs of awards, professional development and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces three distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards, the Digital Publishing Awards, and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.

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The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of the Government of  Canada, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Creates. A special thank you to the Vicky Lee, who created this year’s stunning visuals.

Posted on January 5, 2022 at 10:38 am by editor ·

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