Alberta magazine publishers give voice to Albertans. Print and digital magazines published by AMPA members reach almost 5 million individuals each year. The conversations they create are vital to the cultural and social fabric of the province.
The Alberta Magazine Awards celebrate that impact by recognizing excellence in journalism and visual storytelling. The awards also honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the magazine industry.
Competition is open to any AMPA member print or digital magazine in good standing, with the exception of Best New Magazine and Emerging Writer categories, which are open to non-members.
Submissions now open!
Entry portal to open: January 31, 2024
Early Bird entry deadline: February 26, 2024 at 4PM
Entry deadline: March 11, 2024 at 4PM
Early Bird fee: $40 per entry
Regular fee: $50 per entry
Small circulation (<1,000) and freelance Early Bird:$35
Small circulation (<1,000) and freelance Regular: $45
AMPA member magazines are eligible to receive the second entry submission FREE. Your free entry must be submitted as a separate transaction, upload your entry, select Pay by Cheque and add “Free Entry” the notes. You will not be invoiced for the free submission.
Awards categories are adjudicated by a panel of three industry professionals. Judges do not adjudicate categories in which they had any involvement with the submission (as author, creator, editor, publisher, etc.), nor do they adjudicate entries in which their name appears on the masthead.
Judges must have substantial work experience relevant to the category being adjudicated, as well as meeting one or more of the following criteria:
Each entry is judged equally on:
Judges in all categories receive written instructions and an explanation of the process and the scoring procedure. Judges are responsible for the selection of finalists by first working individually to evaluate and score the entries. If no clear gold and silver winner emerges from the aggregated scores, judges proceed to a second round, via a moderated conference call, to determine finalists and silver and gold winners. The panel’s decision is final.
Conflict of Interest
A judge shall be considered ineligible to adjudicate on a panel in which: their name appears on the masthead of the magazine entered in that category; is entered as a writer or other contributor in that category.
AMPA reviews its award categories annually. Stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on the clarity of category descriptions, relevance, and omissions.
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