Showcase Award Guidelines

The Showcase Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in magazine editorial content and design. Finalists will be announced in February 2019 and winners will be announced April 4, 2019 at the Alberta Magazine Awards Gala.

The Showcase Awards competition is open to work by an AMPA member magazine (print or digital) or the work of their freelance contributors published in an issue dated 2018.

Submission Costs and Deadlines

Early Bird Submission
Deadline: 4:00PM MST, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
Rate: $40
Rate for freelance contributors and small magazines with a circulation of 1000 or less per issue: $30

Regular Submission
Deadline: Until 4:00PM MST, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Rate: $50
Rate for freelance contributors and small magazines with a circulation of 1000 or less per issue: $40

General Guidelines

  • All entries must be the work of Canadian content creators who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents (landed immigrants)
  • Advertorial and/or promotional content is inadmissible
  • PDF Upload Specifications: high-resolution (300 dpi) image, in PDF format only, no larger than 20 MB.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitter to enter according to the guidelines. Entries that don’t conform to the rules or fit category definitions may be disqualified without notice. Entry fees will not be refunded.
  • No entries will be returned. No refunds will be granted.
  • All decisions made by the judges are final
  • Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in a category if, in their opinion, no entry merits one
  • AMPA reserves the right to cancel any category that does not receive sufficient submissions to provide a legitimate competition. In this case entry fees will be refunded to the submitters.
  • AMPA reserves the right to use the winning entries in the awards program, for exhibit, educational purposes, online and/or in a publication of collected work, but not for sale or profit
  • The number of finalists in each category will be proportionate to the number of entries (above a preset threshold) submitted in each category to a maximum of 10 finalists
  • Finalists will be announced in February, prior to the Awards Gala on April 4, 2019

Specific Guidelines for Written Categories

  • Awards for writing are open to staff or freelance contributors
  • With the exception of the fiction and poetry categories, all written submissions must be non-fiction
  • The same work may not be entered in multiple written categories, unless otherwise stated
  • Awards are for articles published as “first rights” only
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per magazine, per category, but the same work may not be submitted to more than one written category. The same work, however, may be entered in a written category as well as a visual or integrated category

Specific Guidelines for Visual Categories

  • Photographic entries must be submitted in the context of the article. Please indicate in the notes section of the Showcase Award Entry form which page the photograph for consideration is published on.

Specific Guidelines for Digital Categories

  • Entries must be available live online for judging purposes

Specific Guidelines for Editorial Package Print Category

  • Submissions require four (4) hard copies of the issue mailed to the AMPA office at AMPA @cSPACE King Edward 1721 29 Avenue SW #390 Calgary Alberta T2T 6T7 by 4:00PM Dec. 17, 2018

Specific Guidelines for Art Direction for a Single Issue Category

  • Submissions require four (4) hard copies of the issue mailed to the AMPA office at AMPA @cSPACE King Edward 1721 29 Avenue SW #390 Calgary Alberta T2T 6T7 by 4:00PM Dec. 17, 2018