National Magazine Awards Winners' Circle

A special event for NMA winners and nominees, November 25, 2015, in Toronto


  1. On a festive, remarkably mild evening in late November more than 70 National Magazine Award winners and nominees gathered at the Spoke Club in Toronto's King West district for Winners' Circle, an evening to meet, mingle, network and learn about how a National Magazine Award can be a boost to your career.
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  3. D.B. Scott, magazine consultant and publisher of the Canadian Magazines blog, hosted the event on behalf of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. As guests partook of the bar and the delicious hors d'oeuvres, D.B. welcomed all to the first of what will hopefully be an annual event, reminding everyone that the NMAF's mission is to support creators and Winners' Circle is part of a mandate to furnish more ROI for participants in the National Magazine Awards.
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  5. The first part of Winners' Circle was a brief panel discussion called "Learn and Leverage" in which three guests--Penny Caldwell of Cottage Life, Matthew Blackett of Spacing, and Katherine Laidlaw of The Walrus--talked about how publishers, editors and freelancers can make the most of their awards to boost their careers and their audiences.
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  8. After the panel presentation, it was time for "Fast Pitch." More than 30 National Magazine Award winners and nominees--writers, illustrators and photographers--signed up for the chance to spend 15 minutes introducing themselves and their work to editors and art directors from magazines like Toronto Life, Azure, The Walrus, Spacing, Cottage Life, This Magazine, Report on Business, enRoute, Today's Parent, and more.
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  13. Coming soon: The NMAF will publish a "Guide to Leveraging Your Award" based on the Winners' Circle event, and will also produce a webinar of the event. The Call for Entries for the 2016 National Magazine Awards will be announced very soon. Stay tuned for details at and on Twitter @MagAwards.