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Last Chance to Nominate Emerging Talents & Amazing Leaders!

The 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards are now closed for submission, save for two special awards—the Digital Publishing Leadership Award and the Emerging Excellence Award. 

The Digital Publishing Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry. Writers, visual creators, designers, developers, publishers, and other digital publishing professionals are all eligible, as long as they have demonstrated leadership, inspiration, creativity, and achievement. Nominations should come from three or more colleagues (here are the full nomination requirements). Last year’s winner was Dmitry Beniaminov—check out his acceptance speech here. Prior to that, the award has gone to Kathy Vey, Brodie Fenlon, and Kenny Yum

Young professionals working in the digital field, who have demonstrated exceptional craft and promise, can be put forth for the Emerging Excellence Award. Nominations for this award should come from one or more colleagues or mentors. Previous winners include Jane Lytvynenko, Sofia Misenheimer, Elizabeth Melito, and Nael Shiab. 

March 2, 2021 is the nomination deadline for both awards. (It’s also the deadline for the NMA’s Outstanding Achievement award, and the NMA: B2B’s Leadership Award). Nominations can be emailed to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca

Want to keep in touch? Follow us on Twitter—that’s where we’ll be announcing the nominees this spring. 

Final Call for Entries!

Missed the Early Bird deadline? Fear not: you can still enter the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards, up until January 29, 2021 at midnight (EST). Categories range from Best Virtual Event to Best Arts and Culture Storytelling, representing the diverse range of work produced by Canadian creators. Freelancers will also want to take note of our Freelancer Support Fund, allowing independent writers and creators to submit two entries for the price of one. 

Check out the full 25 category lineup, what’s new for 2021, and then start the submission process by visiting our online portal! Simply enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. Then, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards)—that’s where we’ll be announcing the nominees this spring. 

If you’d like to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award, the deadline is March 2, 2021. 

Good luck, everyone! 

Meet the Creator of the 2021 DPA Design—Natalie Vineberg!

Are you loving this year’s Digital Publishing Awards design? It’s all thanks to the talented Natalie Vineberg! Natalie was a 2019 Emerging Excellence nominee and was part of The Walrus team that won Gold for Best Digital Editorial Package in 2019. Currently, she works as a designer at The Walrus. Here’s what Natalie has to say about her #DPA21 design, the versatility of her work, and more. 


Just a few years ago, you were part of the team which helped The Walrus win it’s first digital award. Now, in addition to being a designer for The Walrus, you’ve created this year’s DPA design. Were you excited to return to the DPA’s in this new role?

Yes! I’m very grateful for the dedication to valuing digital work at the DPAs, and I love seeing the work from other teams and getting to celebrate that.

Can you tell us about your inspiration for this year’s design?

Given that our whole world has basically gone digital, I wanted to keep some of the sparkle and fun of being at the DPAs in person. The awards are also a great opportunity to look back at everything you’ve accomplished that year, and that’s what I wanted to get at with those windows into people working.

There’s such a wide depth to your work. You’re an illustrator, photographer, art director, and designer. You film and create motion graphics for video. You create print and digital stories, web series, and podcast art. Do you believe it’s important for creators to have this versatility?

I think it’s valuable to find work you find interesting and challenging and that gets you excited. For me and my personality, that’s doing a lot of different things, but I also think digging really deep and becoming an expert in something is awesome.

What do you enjoy the most about being a designer?

I love that you can find design everywhere. It’s what our website and magazine look like but also how you use them. It’s how you navigate a city or make a house feel cozy. There’s always something new to be inspired by.


Thank you, Natalie! Check out samples of her work at natalievineberg.com.

If you’ve created some amazing work of your own this year—a podcast, a digital design, or even a virtual event—consider entering it in the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. The early bird rate is in effect until January 22, 2021, and the final submissions deadline is January 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. The deadline to nominate an individual for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2021. We look forward to receiving your best work from 2020! 

Call for Entries: 6th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

Submissions for the 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards are now open! Canadian creators and publishers are eligible to submit digitally published content across 25 categories this year, including one new category—Best Virtual Event. Gold winners in individual creator categories will receive a $500 cash prize.

In a change for 2021, the National Media Awards Foundation encourages National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B participants, in addition to Digital Publishing Awards participants, to submit to their work to the following categories:

  • Best Virtual Event
  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: News and Politics
  • Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini Doc.

For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.

Freelancer Support Fund 

Our Freelancer Support Fund allows independent writers, designers, videographers, podcasters, photographers and illustrators to buy one entry and get one free. Please note that the Fund applies only to individual creator categories, which come with a cash prize of $500 for Gold winners.

Rules and Judging

Prior to submitting entries, please take a moment to review DPA Rules. Canadian digital publishers—including those that support established brands in consumer & B2B magazines, newspapers, broadcast and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—are eligible to participate in the DPAs.

Interested in reviewing judging procedures? Learn more about our DPA Judging Process here.

Submissions and Deadlines

The DPA submissions process is completely digital—visit TK to enter. To save on entry fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021. The final deadline for submissions is January 29, 2021 at midnight EST.

The deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2021. (Submissions made from January 30 onward should be emailed to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.)

To keep up with what’s going on, follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter and Facebook.

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Categories Announced for the 6th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Our program for 2021 features 24 categories, including expanding the Best Podcast award into two separate categories and introducing a new category, Best Virtual Event, to better reflect the content being produced by the industry.

We’re also pleased to introduce a new, cross-programming initiative. For the categories highlighted below, we welcome the work of National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B participants, in addition to Digital Publishing Awards participants. Entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Column
  3. Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
  4. Best News Coverage
  5. Best Feature Article
  6. Best Feature Article: Short
  7. Best Feature Article: Long
  8. Best Personal Essay
  9. Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  10. Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  11. Best Service Feature
  12. Best Online Video: Short
  13. Best Online Video: Feature
  14. Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  15. Best Podcast: News & Politics
  16. Best Podcast: Arts & Culture
  17. Best Digital Design
  18. Best Photo Storytelling
  19. Best Social Storytelling
  20. Best Editorial Newsletter
  21. Innovation in Digital Storytelling
  22. Best Virtual Event
  23. Emerging Excellence Award
  24. Digital Publishing Leadership Award
  25. General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small, Medium, and Large Publications

If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 DPAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 22, 2020 and closes on January 29, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021.

Our Freelancer Support Fund will be available once again this year, ensuring that the Digital Publishing Awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators.