• Jan 11: Call for Entries Opens
  • Feb 8: Early-bird Deadline
  • Feb 16: Call for Entries Closes
  • May 5: Nominees Announced
  • June 7: CBM Awards Gala

 

View the photos from the 62nd annual CBM Awards gala on our Facebook Page

 



 

 

Category Definitions, Fees & Specific Rules

 

 There are 4 types of categories: Written, Visual, Digital, and Integrated/Special. All submitters are responsible for ensuring that their submissions conform to the category definitions and restrictions. All submissions must adhere to the Rules & Eligibility.

 
All packages of hard-copy submissions (if required) must be accompanied by a Master Entry Form confirming submissions and payment. Master Entry Forms are generated after you complete the online submission process.
 
Please mail sent to: 
Kenneth R. Wilson Awards
2300 Yonge St #1600, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4

 

For the categories Best Feature Article (Trade and Professional) and Magazine of the Year (Trade and Professional), please note the "professional" category includes professional and general business publications, while the "trade" category is for manufacturing and trade publications. Magazines uncertain about their category may enter whichever they feel best represents their background and audience, but may not enter both.

 

 
 
WRITTEN CATEGORIES

 

Open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions. These awards recognize insight, depth of research and excellent writing skills.
 
Submission Requirements:
Upload a PDF of the complete article (even if from a digital platform). Hard copies are no longer required for the written categories. However note that all PDF documents uploaded during the submission process must have a resolution of 200 dpi and be printable on 8.5 X 11” paper. No double-page spreads. Additionally, please make sure that all text is no closer than 0.5" to the edge of the page.

 

Written Categories

Definition

Fee (+HST)

Early Bird / Regular

 

Restrictions

Best Editorial

A specific editorial or a series of editorials on the same topic. An editorial is a column or short article that expresses the opinion of the publication carrying it.

 

$125 / $135

 

 

Best Industrial / Manufacturing Article

Any article describing the application of a process or a practice in the industrial or manufacturing sectors.

 

$125 / $135

 

This category is open exclusively to trade magazines.

Best Professional Article

Any article describing the application of a process or practice in a profession.

 

$125 / $135

 

This category is open exclusively to professional magazines.

Best Resource / Infrastructure Article

Any article describing the application of a process or practice in the resource, engineering and construction or transportation sectors.

 

$125 / $135

 

Best Merchandising / Marketing Article

Any article describing the application of a process or practice that facilitates improved communication between buyers and sellers in any sector.

 

$125 / $135

 

Best Profile of a Person

Any article offering readers insight into the unique leadership and colourful qualities of an individual who has made a valuable contribution to his/her company, industry, trade or profession.

 

$125 / $135

 

 

Best Profile of a Company

Any article offering readers insight into a company, organization or trade/professional group, which has demonstrated excellence in its operational practices.

 

$125 / $135

 

 

Best Regularly Featured Department, Column or Blog

Three examples of a single, regularly appearing department or column from three different issues.

 

 

$125 / $135

The department or column must appear in at least one-half of the publication’s yearly issues. Do not enter editorials, guest editorials or listings.

Best Feature Article—Professional

Any in-depth feature dealing with subjects, events or developments of importance to a professional publication’s readers and industry.

 

 

$125 / $135

 

Do not enter a regularly featured department or column or an editorial. This category is open exclusively to professional magazines.

Best Feature Article—Trade

Any in-depth feature dealing with subjects, events or developments of importance to a trade publication’s readers and industry.

$125 / $135

 

Do not enter a regularly featured department or column or an editorial. This category is open exclusively to trade magazines.

Best News Coverage

Any article offering readers timely information and background of an important news event affecting the marketplace served by the publication.

$125 / $135

 

Do not enter non-news departments, columns or an in-depth analysis.

Best How-To Article or Series of How-To Articles

Any article or series informing readers how to do their jobs better, more efficiently or more productively.

 

 

$125 / $135

 

The emphasis should be on direct instruction to the reader rather than on case studies or examples, although they may be used in the article. Do not enter news stories, editorials or analysis.

 

Best One-Of-A-Kind Article

Any article whose content is so unique that it does not meet the definition of  any other written categories. The intent is to make the competition inclusive and allow for entries that are not easily classified.

 

$125 / $135

 

Articles entered in this category MAY NOT be entered in any other written category.

 

*NEW Best Technical Content

Any package of content that demonstrates clarity, concision, depth of research and creativity in presenting complex information or ideas to an audience. Entries are not limited to text-based content and may include any and all print and digital formats, including video, static or interactive graphics, data, illustrations and any combination thereof.

$125 / $135

 

 

VISUAL CATEGORIES

 

Are open to content from all eligible print magazines, tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions. These awards recognize the special contribution that designers, illustrators and photographers, together with editors, make to effective communications.

 

Submission Requirements: For all categories except Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, upload a PDF of the complete article or spread accompanying the visual submission. No hard copies are required.

 

For Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, upload a PDF of the issue cover, and submit four (4) original issues of the magazine with a copy of the Entry Form taped to each issue. (Entry Forms are generated after you complete the online submission process.)

 

Tablet Magazine submitters must enter the URL to their iTunes or web page where judges can download (free) the issue to be judged.

 

Visual Categories

Definition

Fee (+HST)

 

Restrictions

Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Complete Feature

Art direction of an opening spread or complete feature.

$125 / $135

 

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

Best Photograph

Any original photograph by a Canadian photographer, commissioned by the publication.

$125 / $135

 

Submission must consist of the entire article or spread in which the photograph was published.

 

Best Illustration

Any original illustration by a Canadian illustrator, commissioned by the publication.

$125 / $135

Submission must consist of the entire article or spread in which the illustration was published.

 

Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue

Art direction of a complete issue.

 

$ 125 / $135

Entries from Magazine Websites are NOT eligible.

*NEW Best Use of Data

Any self-contained visual representation of information, processes, or data—either stand-alone work or enhancements of other content.

$125 / $135

 

*NEW Best Use of Video / Webcast

Any video or webcast that provides compelling material which is enhanced by use of the format. Judges will consider the value and relevance of the information provided, the use of the medium, and how one supports the other.

$125 / $135

 

*NEW Best Words & Pictures

Any article that relies for its impact on the successful integration of visuals and text as inseparable elements, including but not limited to photo essays, a series of thematic images, and graphic narratives.

$ 125 / $135

 

 

DIGITAL CATEGORIES

 

Are open to content from all tablet magazines and magazine websites, except where noted in the restrictions.

 

Submission Requirements: Submit a URL(s) plus a screen shot (PDF format) which must be uploaded when completing the online entry form. The site will be evaluated live - archived links are permitted. For sites requiring registration, please provide the judges with user IDs and passwords to provide them with access for judging throughout the late winter and spring of 2016.

 

Tablet Edition submitters must enter the URL to their iTunes or web page where judges can download (free) and/or view the issue to be judged.

 

Digital Categories

Definition

Fee (+HST)

 

Restrictions

Best Online-Only Article

Awarded to the article deemed to be the best written and best reported among the entries. The article must not have appeared in a print publication. Features and service pieces are eligible.

 

$125 / $135

 

Open to both Magazine Websites and Tablet Magazines

 

 

Reminder: Written & visual content from digital magazines and magazine websites is eligible in most CBM categories. 

 

 

 

INTEGRATED/SPECIAL CATEGORIES

 

Submission requirements: See below.

 

Special Categories

 

Definition

Fee (+HST)

Restrictions

Best Issue

The best overall issue of a publication in terms of the impact and usefulness relative to its editorial mandate. This award is open to any regularly produced issue as well as thematic and anniversary issues and SIPs. The intent is to reward general excellence by the entire editorial team in production of a single issue.

 

$135

 

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must submit four (4) original copies of the issue as well as four (4) copies of a cover letter (max. one page) providing context for the creation, execution and impact of the issue. A PDF of the cover must be uploaded during submissions.

 

Best Cover

Any single publication cover.

 

$135

 

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must submit four (4) original, unmounted copies of the cover as well as four (4) copies of a cover letter (max. one page) providing context for the creation, execution and impact of the cover. A PDF of the cover must be uploaded during submissions.

 

*NEW  Best In-House Cover 

Any single publication cover produced in-house by the editorial team. The intent is to reward publications that maximize the impact of magazine covers on a limited budget.

 

$135

 

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must submit four (4) original, unmounted copies of the cover as well as four (4) copies of a cover letter (max. one page) providing context for the creation, execution and impact of the cover. A PDF of the cover must be uploaded during submissions.

 

*NEW Best E-newsletter

The best e-mail newsletter by a B2B publisher. Design, content, editorial strategy and use of the e-mail medium will be considered in judging.

 $135  

Submission requirements: Entrants must upload three (3) issues of their newsletter (including the subject line) as well as a cover letter (max. one page) providing context for newsletter’s design, deployment and audience. Engagement metrics can be provided as part of the submission, including list size and growth, open and click through rates. 

 

*NEW Best Magazine Brand 

The best B2B media brand in terms of reader engagement in print and/or digital environments. Each entry will be evaluated on how clearly it aligns its editorial mission with journalistic excellence, presentation, service to readers, innovation, and use of multiple content platforms—including print, digital, social media, multimedia, live events, and others—to serve and grow the brand's audience.

$135

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must upload a PDF of any cover, as well as submit in hard copy four (4) copies of a submission package, which should include:


• A cover letter (max. two pages) summarizing the strength of the publication’s brand identity against its editorial mandate, and describing the achievements and innovations during the past year. The cover letter may be the jury’s introduction to your brand, and thus should contain all relevant information on your brand identity and extensions.
• Any print edition of the publication from 2015.
• Any supporting documentation, including special editions, event materials, media kits, links to social media and digital initiatives, products, etc.

 

 

Professional Magazine of the Year

This award will go to the professional publication that displays overall excellence in content and design, and that most consistently mirrors its mandate/mission (as published in the media kit) and most effectively engages and serves the needs of its readers.

 

$135

 

Open exclusively to Print Magazines published at least twice per year.

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must submit five (5) sets of any three issues from the year 2015 (or 2 issues in the case where a publication only publishes twice per year), as well as five (5) copies of a cover letter (max. two pages), which should outline the mandate of the publication and summarize the achievements during the year, including examples of compelling content, packages, reviews, audience feedback, and other measures of editorial excellence.

 

Trade Magazine of the Year

This award will go to the trade publication that displays overall excellence in content and design, and that most consistently mirrors its mandate/mission (as published in the media kit) and most effectively engages and serves the needs of its readers.

 

 

$135

 

Open exclusively to Print Magazines published at least twice per year.

 

Submission requirements: Entrants must submit five (5) sets of any three issues from the year 2015 (or 2 issues in the case where a publication only publishes twice per year), as well as five (5) copies of a cover letter (max. two pages), which should outline the mandate of the publication and summarize the achievements during the year, including examples of compelling content, packages, reviews, audience feedback, and other measures of editorial excellence.

 

The Harvey Southam Leadership Award

This award recognizes outstanding career achievement, contributions to the industry, and overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B media industry. Presented in honour of journalist Harvey Southam—founding editor of Equity magazine.

 

 No Fee  

Submission requirements: Nominations for this award are welcome from any member of the industry and must consist of a completed nomination form as well as at least two (2) letters of support from fellow industry members attesting to the achievements of the nominee.