NEW! All categories are
open to Print Magazines, submissions: Arts & Entertainment:
Any article on the arts or entertainment.
Best Short Feature: Any non-fiction article of
2,000 words or less. Opinion columns are not eligible. Entries will be judged exclusively on the strength and
quality of the writing. Any article entered in Best Short Feature category may not be entered in any other
Business: Any article on business.
Columns: Any set of three (3) columns by the
same writer in the same publication.
Essays: Any article in which a writer's
perspective is paramount, offering an argument or a reflection. The regular columns of columnists are not
Fiction: Any work of fiction first
published by the magazine. Entries in Fiction are not eligible for entry in any other written
Health & Medicine: Any article on health
How-to: Any article that is instructional in
nature. Articles submitted in any of the Service categories may not be entered in the How-to
Humour: Any humorous piece.
Investigative Reporting: Any article based on
original fact-finding and enterprising newsgathering.
One-of-a-kind: Any non-fiction article that
does not fit the definition of any other written category. The intent is to open the competition to written
work that is not easily classified. Entries in this category cannot be entered in any other written
Personal Journalism: Any article that focuses
on the personal experiences of the writer.
Poetry: Any work of poetry first published by
the magazine (a series of up to three poems by the same author from a single issue is permitted).
Politics & Public Interest: Articles that
focus on politics or public issues with the potential to influence national or local public policy. Articles
entered in this category may NOT also be entered in the Society category.
Profiles: Any article that focuses on one
person or a group. Articles entered in the Profiles category may not be entered in any other written
Science, Technology & the Environment: Any
article on science, technology or environmental issues. Articles entered in this category may NOT also be
entered in the category Society.
Service-Health & Family: Any
informational article covering health, medicine, psychology, relationships and education. Articles submitted
in this category may NOT also be entered in category Health & Medicine or in the category How-to, nor in
any of the other service categories.
Service-Lifestyle: Any informational
article that deals with interests including, but not limited to, travel, recreation, music, environment,
décor, maintenance, hobbies, food and fashion. Food articles may include recipes but may not consist entirely
of recipes. Articles submitted in this category may NOT also be entered in category How-to, nor in any of the
other service categories.
Service-Personal Finance & Business:
Any informational article covering personal finance, business and careers. Articles submitted in this
category may NOT also be entered in category Business or in the category How-to, nor in any of the other
Society: Articles directly concerned with
social issues. Articles submitted in categories Politics & Public Interest or Science, Technology
& the Environment may not be entered in this category.
Sports & Recreation: Any article on
sports or recreation.
Travel: Any article that relies on a
sense of place for its impact. O pen to Print Magazines only: Editorial Package
: Any collection of articles on a related theme in a single issue that
reflects collaboration by editors and writers. Restricted to a maximum of three (3) editorial package entries
per magazine. ( $150 entry fee for each
ATTENTION! *Please note that for all submissions you must submit either
one original tear sheet (for Print Magazine submissions) or one print out of the article (for Digital
Magazine & Magazine Website submissions), six sets of stapled photocopies and a PDF of the article. For
other rules, please see .
Feature**: An original digital feature that best serves its intended audience through use of the
digital medium including audio/visual elements as well as blogs and social media including forums,
user-generated content, message boards etc. submissions only:
Best Single Issue: This prize is awarded to the magazine that has published the best single
issue of the year in terms of the overall quality and originality of the content and its relevance to the
intended readers. Editors must include four (4) copies of a cover letter (max 300 words) to summarize the
issue's goals. ($150 entry fee for each)
Magazine Covers: Any single magazine
Single Service Article Package: A single service article that displays superior packaging
of visual and written components and that reflects collaboration by the editorial team (which could include
editor(s), writer(s), photographer(s), illustrator(s), stylist(s) and others). Packaging elements could
include (but are not limited to) annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars and captions. This
category is intended for single articles that are driven more by instructional content than by storytelling.
Any article entered in Single Service Article Package may NOT also be entered in Words & Pictures. This
category does NOT include related articles packaged together.
Words & Pictures: Any article that
relies for its impact on the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements. Entries in
Words & Pictures may NOT also be entered in Single Service Article Package.
*Please note that for Integrated Categories a PDF must be uploaded for each entry. Print
Magazines must submit four (4) original sets of tear sheets in addition to the PDFs for each entry (Print
Magazines may submit a PDF of just the cover for Best Single Issue). Digital Magazines must submit a URL that
links ONLY to the material that is to be judged. All URLS must be available from the date of
entry through the end of April 2012. For other rules, please see . NEW! **Must submit a URL. All URLs
must be available from mid-February to mid-March, 2012.
Art Direction for a Single Magazine
Art Direction for an Entire Issue Open toBest Digital Design**: A digital publication with the most successful and original overall
combination of visual and graphic design elements with functionality, including ease of navigation,
readability of content, successful integration of audio/visual elements and a clear distinction between paid
content/advertising and editorial content. submissions:
NEW! Creative Photography (formerly Conceptual Photography):Any idea-or concept-driven photograph or
series of photographs. Submissions in this category may not be entered in any other photography category or
in Words & Pictures. NEW! Fashion:
Any fashion layout
using photography or illustration
Any beauty layout using photography or
Homes & Gardens: Any photographic
layout for a single article that celebrates interiors or exteriors. This includes architecture, décor
Illustration: Any spread, cover or photo
illustration that is a half page or larger (or digital equivalent); colour or black and white; single or
Photojournalism & Photo Essay: Any
photograph or series of photographs from a single issue, shot on location, which records events or situations
not controlled by the photographer. This category includes photo essays, travel and landscape photographs
that accompany a single article, though any accompanying text is not judged.
Portrait Photography: Any photograph or
series of photographs for a single article on one or more people.
Spot Illustration: Any illustration less
than half a page (or digital equivalent); colour or black and white, single or series.
Still-life Photography: Any photograph or
series of photographs of an object or objects, for a single article. This category includes food and
* ONLY For other rules, please see . NEW! **Magazine Websites must submit a URL.
All entries must be live and available from mid-February to mid-March, 2012.
Magazine of the Year (Digital)*
* Magazine Websites must submit a URL. All
entries must be live and available from mid-February to mid-March, 2012.
Magazine of the Year (Print)
The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
NEW! Best New Magazine Writer
Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page letter of reference from the handling editor of the piece.
We require four (4) original copies of the submission and four (4) copies of the reference letter. This award
includes a cash prize of $500.
NEW! Best New Visual Creator
The entry fee is $25
. Only one entry per person. All entries must comply with the NMAF's
Each submission must be accompanied by a one-page letter of reference from the handling art director of the
piece. We require four (4) original copies of the submission and four (4) copies of the reference letter.
This award includes a cash prize of $500.
The submission deadline is Friday January 13, 2012 at 5pm Eastern Time and
submissions must be RECEIVED IN THEIR ENTIRETY to be eligible. Submissions postmarked by
January 13, 2012 but received on Monday, January 16 will be subject the late fee of $25 per
entry. Applications received after 5pm on Monday, January 16 will NOT be accepted.