Showcase Award Category Descriptions

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Written Categories

Alberta Story

Entries in this category showcase articles with a distinctly Alberta subject, flavour and flair. This is subject to broad interpretation but examples would be stories about Alberta’s cultural and economic scene; stories about interesting Albertans; or stories told from a distinctly Albertan perspective. Entries in this category aren’t eligible for entry in any other written category.

NEW! COVID-19 Story

We really hope to retire this category after 2020, but in the meantime, entries in this category showcase articles that have educated or informed readers on the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s health and homeschooling information, or business survival strategies, magazines have been leaders in sharing stories that matter to readers.

Editorial Package Print

Any collection of articles and content found in a single issue of a print magazine on a related theme that reflects collaboration by editors, writers, art directors and visual creators. An article that appears in an editorial package submission is eligible for entry in other written categories. Physical copies of entries are required.

Emerging Writer

Sponsored by Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation

This award is open to non-fiction work written by either a current full-time post-secondary student or a magazine intern. This award goes to the writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

Essay

Entries in this category include articles in which a writer’s perspective is paramount. Regular columns may also be entered in this category.

Feature Writing: Long

Entries in this category include any non-fiction fact-based work of more than 2,500 words, in print or online. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact. Entries cannot be submitted to any other written category.

Feature Writing: Short

Entries in this category include any non-fiction fact-based work of 2,500 words or less. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact. Entries cannot be submitted to any other written category.

Fiction

Entries in this category include any work of fiction first published by the magazine. Entries cannot be submitted to any other written category.

Poetry

Entries in this category include any work of poetry first published by the magazine. Entries may include a single poem or a collection of up to three poems by the same author, published in the same issue.

Profile

Entries in this category include work that focusses on a person or a group.

Service: Journalism

Articles in this category include any how-to journalism, explanatory or informational piece which organizes information of a practical applicability to the reader.

Visual Categories

Art Direction for a Single Issue

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the issue’s theme. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single print magazine issue.

Feature Design

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the story narrative. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single magazine article.

Illustration

A compelling and unique illustration that works in context with the article. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Photograph: Landscape, Still Life and Architecture

A compelling and unique photo of a landscape, still life or architectural subject, that works in context with the article. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context, although accompanying text is not judged. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Photograph: People and Portaiture

A compelling and unique photo of a person or group of people, that works in context with the article. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context, although accompanying text is not judged. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Photograph: Series or Essay

Any series of photographs from a single issue. Entries must be shown in the magazine context, though accompanying text is not judged. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Integrated Categories

Cover

Any single magazine cover can be entered. This category is judged on the creative synergy between imagery and textual elements.

Digital Project

This category encompasses any digital project (multimedia feature, podcasts, e-newsletters, website redesign, microsite) which:

  • Demonstrates high editorial standards and effective use of the digital medium to reach and engage the intended audience or;
  • Demonstrates best practices in navigation and architecture; interactivity; excellent content and outstanding design; and, if applicable, integration with the print publication.

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