Call for Entries

The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to announce we are now accepting submissions for the 7th annual Digital Publishing Awards! This year, there are 24 categories Canadian content creators and digital publishers can submit their original work to, for the chance to be recognized by Canada’s most prestigious media awards organization. 

Categories

The 24 DPA categories feature a mix of awards for individual creators, teams of creators and publications at large, plus two special awards: The Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Leadership Award.

For 2022, nine awards are also open to applicants of both the National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B, as well as applicants of the DPAs. For this cross-program initiative, all entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and one winner will be announced per each category below:

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: Current Affairs
  • Best Podcast: Arts, Culture and Society
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  • Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  • Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  • Best Column

How to Submit

  1. Register online at https://submissions.digitalpublishingawards.ca/login 
  2. Review the Rules and Submission Requirements to ensure eligibility
  3. Review the submission Categories and complete the application(s)
  4. Pay the required entry fees 

Fees and Prizes

The fee to submit work to the DPAs is $125 per category, plus HST. The early bird fee is $115 per category, plus HST. Please note that the entry fee is only $25 for the two special award categories (Emerging Excellence Award and Digital Publishing Leadership Award). Gold winners of each individual creator award will receive a cash prize of $500, plus a winner’s certificate. Team creator and publication-specific awards will receive a certificate and/or winner’s seal.

Support for Freelancers

Independent writers and creators are entitled to an exclusive promotion under the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows them to get two entries for the price of one. The promotion only applies to individual creator categories (those with a $500 cash prize for Gold winners.) For more details on eligibility and how to access the promotion, click here.

Deadlines

The DPA Early Bird Rate offer ends on January 24, 2022 and the final submission deadline is January 28, 2022 at midnight (ET). Note that the deadline for the Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2022.

National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B

Looking for more writing, visual or editorial categories? Try the National Magazine Awards, where Canadian content creators and both digital and print magazines are invited to submit their work to 28 different categories. If you’re looking to submit business-to-business content, be sure to check out the National Magazine Awards: B2B’s 18 unique categories.

Questions?

We have answers. Connect with us by email at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca, or via direct message on Twitter.

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 our submissions portal 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.

Ready to Submit?

Click here to get started.

Last Call for #DPA20 Entries

Mark your calendars: Thursday, January 23rd is your last chance to enter the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards. Entries will be judged by three-member juries made up of Canada’s top digital publishing talent—this is a great opportunity to get your work read by the best of the best! (For more on the judging process, click here). 

With 23 categories to choose from, Canadian writers, editors, art directors, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, illustrators and videographers are sure to find an excellent fit for their work. 

Start the submission process by visiting our online portal. Then, enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. You’ll want to follow us on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards), where we’ll announce the nominees this spring. 

Lastly, though the final deadline is January 23rd, the deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2020.