Take the Canadian magazine freelancers survey

Gearing up for the NMAs this month, we thought a survey on the state of magazine freelancing in Canada was in order. It’s also a chance to take your own picks for the best work in Canadian magazines last year (see the NMAF’s list of nominees). Results of the survey will be published here on Friday, June 10, the date of the NMA gala.

The survey is embedded below, but in case it is not showing up in your browser, you can follow this link to fill it out.

[Editor’s note: As D.B. Scott pointed out on his Canadian Magazines blog, the NMAs have two layers of judges: “unilingual juries, French and English selecting a list of worthy finalists; and a bilingual jury selecting the winners from those finalist lists.” To describe these as “numerous” layers, as the survey did initially, was not using language as carefully as we like to around here. So we decided to take out the “numerous” part. For the sake of transparency, we thought you should know.]

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm by editor · · Tagged with: ,

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  1. Written by Leslie Smith
    on May 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm
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    Okay, here’s a comment. I just heard about a new consumer pub that’s right in my niche and could probably use a writer of my calibre and experience. The pay? Fifty cents a word, which used to be an adequate, if not exciting, trade publication rate BACK IN THE 1980s.

  2. Written by Leslie Smith
    on May 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm
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    I’m not sure what you want in this box.

  3. Written by Leslie Smith
    on May 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm
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    Why does it keep telling me to leave a reply? I’m out of here.

  4. Written by Anthony Davis
    on June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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    It would be intertesting to have a survey of freelancers that more carefullly examines pay, word rates, current working experiences, and, perhaps, suggests how we as freelancers….possibly the worst paid people in Canada, with no benefits, incredibly long time periods for payment (six months is currently about average, though much longer is common).


    • Written by editor
      on June 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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      Thanks for the suggestion, Anthony. The survey above was inspired by the upcoming NMAs, but your idea for a comprehensive survey about freelance writing in Canada is definitely worth considering. And I will.

  5. Written by Derek Finkle
    on June 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm
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    Those interested in a more comprehensive survey might want to have a look at “Respect & Remuneration: Attitudes about editorial working conditions in the Canadian magazine industry”, published in the spring of 2009, which can be found online here:


  6. Written by Guy Saddy
    on June 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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    Not much of a survey; more like a popularity contest.

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