In what is surely a highly unusual development, the Western Magazine Awards have decided this year to give out neither its Lifetime Achievement nor its Best New Magazine awards.
In the case of lifetime achievement, the board is reviewing the criteria and the application form.
To ensure all nominees are adequately represented in the process, the board is developing a comprehensive application form to support nominations for 2011, and is gathering input from key stakeholders in the industry. In view of the lack of consistency in the nominations this year, the judges have not named a winner for 2010. The Board recognizes that there are several candidates who are worthy of nomination and its decision not to offer this award this year is not a reflection of them.
In the case of the new magazine award,
The judges determined that while the magazines reviewed for this year’s Best New category each showed potential, none offered an editorial package that merited inclusion as a finalist for the WMA.
Finalists in all other categories were announced today (full details here). Among them:
Magazine of the Year (given out by province/territory, from which a "best in show" award is made)
- Alberta Venture
- Alberta Views
- Up Here Business
- Up Here
- BC Business
- British Columbia Magazine
- Vancouver Magazine
- Western Living
- The Beaver
- Border Crossings
- Prairie Fire
- Grain Magazine
- Trade magazine of the year finalists
- Alberta Oil
- CGA Magazine