Freelancer Support Fund

To ensure our awards are more accessible to everyone in the industry, we encourage independent writers, illustrators, and photographers to take advantage of our Freelancer Support Fund, which offers the following discount options on the submission fee:

An eligible “Freelancer” is a person:

  • who is not a staff member of a publication whose work they are submitting, and
  • whose byline appears on the work they are submitting.

At the payment stage (following submission of entries), there will be an option to select “Freelancer Support Fund.”  Within 24 hours of submitting you will receive an invoice by email indicating the discounted entry fee.

Entry fees paid for submissions may be tax-deductible. There are more reasons than ever to enter your work for a Digital Publishing Award!

CBC News has generously donated all cash prizes won by CBC employees at this year’s Digital Publishing Awards to our Freelancer Support Fund, ensuring that the NMAF’s programs will be more accessible to freelancers.

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