Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Walrus magazine earns most 2013 National Magazine Awards Nominations

The Walrus Foundation is pleased to announce that The Walrus magazine has received 35 National Magazine Award nominations. Our contributors were nominated for 24 written, 3 visual, and 8 integrated awards. The tenth anniversary issue of The Walrus was nominated for best single issue. The winners will be announced at the thirty-seventh annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6 in Toronto.

“We’re proud to receive these nominations and congratulate our nominated contributors, without whom we couldn’t produce The Walrus magazine,” said co‑publishers John Macfarlane and Shelley Ambrose. “We’re committed to providing a print and digital forum for the country’s most talented and dedicated writers, artists, and journalists.”

Since its inception, The Walrus has won more National Magazine Awards than any other publication, including the 2006 award for Magazine of the Year. The Walrus has won sixty-three golds and thirty-eight silvers at the National Magazine Awards, as well as 219 honourable mentions.

The Walrus congratulates all of our nominated contributors and staff members, listed here:

Best Single Issue: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Best Editorial Package – Web: “The New Normal” by Rachel Giese

Words and Pictures: “Water” by Edward Burtynsky

Arts and Entertainment: “Gossip Girl” by Sarah Selecky

Business: “Pension Envy” by John Lorinc

Essays: “The Accidental Activist” by Mark Jaccard; “Born in the Burbs” by Ron Graham; “Repairing the House” by Andrew Coyne

Health and Medicine: “Critical Mass” by Katherine Ashenburg; “The New Normal” by Rachel Giese; “A Feverish Debate” by Alison Motluk, “The Walking Cure” by Dan Rubinstein

Investigative Reporting: “Trials and Error” by Julian Sher

One-of-a-Kind: “The Marineland Dreamland” by Craig Davidson

Personal Journalism: “The Meaning of White” by Emily Urquhart; “Body and Soul” by Drew Nelles; “The Way We Give” by Josiah Neufeld

Poetry: “Waves” by Richard Greene

Politics and Public Interest: “Her Way” by Katherine Ashenburg; “The Avenger” by Lisa Fitterman; “Prime Minister in Waiting” by Charlotte Gray

Science, Technology, and the Environment: “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Sasha Chapman;

Society: “The Fix” by Dan Werb; “Portrait of a Ten-Year-Old Girl” Katrina Onstad; “The Walking Cure” by Dan Rubinstein

Sports and Recreation: “The Game Not Played” by Richard Poplak

Travel: “Big Mac” by Taras Grescoe

Art Direction for an Entire Issue: Tenth Anniversary Issue by Brian Morgan

Creative Photography: “Summer Reading” by Will Vincent

Illustration: “Hot Wired” by Jillian Tamaki

Magazine Website Design: The Walrus by Matthew McKinnon and John Piasetzki

Photojournalism and Photo Essay: “On The Edge of North America” by Scott Conarroe

Portrait Photography: “Inside Joke” by Christopher Wahl

Spot Illustration: Miscellany by Ryan Heshka; “Slaying Dragons” by Graham Romieu



The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to promoting writers, artists, ideas, and conversation. We achieve these goals across many platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; offering original high-quality content at; creating such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks; partnering with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at; and training young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

For more information, or to book an interview with any of our writers or editors, please contact Miranda Newman at [email protected] or (416) 971-5004, ext. 227.

Monday, April 14

The 2014 CIC-Walrus International Long-Form Competition Winner Announced

Toronto—The Walrus Foundation and the Canadian International Council are pleased to announce that New York–based journalist Nadja Drost is the winner of the second CIC-Walrus International Long-Form Competition. Drost, who recently completed her graduate studies at Columbia University, will receive a $7,500 commission and will work with Walrus editors throughout 2014 to prepare her piece for publication.

Drost’s proposal—about resource extraction by Canadian companies in Colombia—was one of more than fifty submitted by graduate students, journalists, academics, public policy figures, and members of NGO and business communities. A selection committee made up of the editorial staff of the Canadian International Council, Taylor Owen and Andrew Reddie, and the editor and co-publisher of The Walrus, John Macfarlane, adjudicated this second competition.

Upon accepting her commission, Drost noted that “while reporting in Colombia, it became evident to me that there is a major story to be told about how an influx of Canadian mining interests are playing out in a country still struggling with armed conflict. I’m thrilled that as a result of the CIC-Walrus competition, I’ll be able to tell that story.”

“The selection committee was impressed by the quality and breadth of the entries we received,” Macfarlane said, “and we’re pleased that Nadja Drost will be working with The Walrus to produce the kind of high-quality long-form journalism that our readers have come to expect.”

“We are delighted that Nadja Drost has been selected as the winner of this competition and that her project focuses on an incredibly important topic,” said Jennifer Jeffs, president of the CIC. “The subject of resource extraction at home and abroad is incredibly important and reflects’s goal of making research more relevant, foreign policy more accessible, and journalism more substantive.”

The Walrus magazine is published by the charitable non-profit Walrus Foundation with an educational mandate to support debate on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to promoting writers, artists, ideas, and conversation. We achieve these goals across many platforms: publishing  The Walrus magazine ten times a year in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating public debates, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; offering original high-quality content at; through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks; and by partnering with Smithsonian Channel to produce documentaries and other programming at

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada’s foreign relations council. It is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada’s role in international affairs. The CIC reflects the ideas and interests of a broad constituency of Canadians who believe that a country’s foreign policy is not an esoteric concern of experts but that it directly affects the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC uses its deep historical roots, its cross-country network, and its active research program to advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC’s digital media platform,, is Canada’s hub for international affairs. The CIC’s research program is managed by the national office in Toronto. Its sixteen branches across Canada offer CIC members speakers’ programs, study groups, conferences, and seminars.

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