John Andrews has been a staffer at South Dakota Magazine for 12 years, the last six as managing editor. He has searched the gumbo hills of southwestern South Dakota for the rare Fairburn agate, lost his publisher’s money betting on horse races in Aberdeen (it was less than $100) and eaten lutefisk with Norwegians in Summit. In addition to producing a bimonthly magazine, he and the staff are currently combing the magazine archives to complete a book of essential South Dakota stories. Its release in late 2019 helps commemorate the 35th anniversary of South Dakota Magazine in 2020.
HONORARIUM: I’m pretty sure I’ll be spending the honorarium on braces for one, and possibly two, kids, which is probably not most people’s definition of fun.
Melissa Newmanmelissanewman36@gmail.comMelissa Newman is an East Coaster trying to make a go of life out West. She caught the design bug during her last semester at Marshall University and abandoned her plan to be a reporter, jumping headlong into a career in design instead. As her career has progressed, she continues to enjoy bringing to life the creative direction she dreams up in her head — seeing each project through from ideation to photo shoot to design. Currently she serves as art director of Yoga Journal magazine and relishes in the day-to-day challenge of bringing this ancient practice to life. When she's not designing, she enjoys taking her stress out on a boxing bag or on the trails in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Travel is a passion, and she's currently on a quest to visit all of the major U.S. National Parks. At 23/59, she's going strong and highly recommends Channel Islands National Park in California.
Natalie McLeodnatt.email@example.comNatalie McLeod is a graphic designer living and working in Toronto. She currently works at Loblaw Digital as an Intermediate Graphic Designer. Her past jobs include Holt Renfrew, Toronto Life, and Flare Magazine. She stays busy by creating graphic material such as posters, invitations and small business collateral.
Deborah Baldwin is a New York writer and editor whose first published article—all about coffee—appeared in a regional magazine. Since then she has been an editor at This Old House, The New York Times, Real Simple, the International Herald Tribune, and Common Cause magazine, and she has written for countless other publications. Even so, she says she was awed by the sheer talent and creativity of the submissions she reviewed for this year's contest. "Each generation just seems to get better and better."
The Honorarium happened to land just as I got an estimate for the repair of my 16-month-old Apple laptop. Sheeessh.
My transit advocacy twitter handle: transitdeb
David Leachdleach@uvic.caDavid Leach is the former City Life editor of Monday Magazine and former Managing Editor of explore: Canada’s Outdoor Magazine. He has written features and columns for dozens of Canadian, U.S. and international publications and is the author of two books, Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong and Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Writing and Director of the Professional Writing Minor in Journalism & Publishing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Ingrid Randojaingridrandoja@gmail.com Ingrid Randoja began her movie-reviewing career in 1990 working as a freelance writer for Toronto’s NOW Magazine. From 1995 to 2001 she served as NOW’s film editor, and since 2003 she’s held the position of deputy editor at Cineplex Magazine, Canada’s most read entertainment magazine.
Brett MartinFreelance Illustratorbrettmartin21@gmail.com
Brett Martin is an internationally exhibiting artist and illustrator.
Brett specializes in detailed line work, character design and hand lettering. He is an avid consumer of fantasy, sci-fi, the occasional crime drama and nature programs. One can usually find him filling sketchbooks, travelling, expanding his personal library, petting cats or waiting tables.
Contact Brett [for contract work and commissions]: firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer Brett will be featured on a Collective Arts beer can label as part of Series 13 and appear in a group exhibition (Mergeculture Gallery, Tampa, FL) to celebrate the new release!
Collective Arts: https://collectiveartsbrewing.com/art-submission/animated-armour/
Mergeculture Gallery: https://mergeculture.com/2019/07/15/art-and-beer-exhibit-collective-arts-brewing-tampa/
Honorarium:I had no hesitation in taking my honorarium on a spree at one of Toronto's best independent shops for comics and books, The Beguiling!
DeAnne Bedierinfo@deannebedier.com DeAnne Bedier is an award-winning designer, an alumni of the Alberta College of Art & Design and has 16 years experience specializing in branding and print design. DeAnne is currently the Creative Director / Designer at her own studio, DeAnne Bedier Design. She has been the creative lead on numerous projects and publications and has won local, national and international awards for her work.
Giovanni Leonnegiovannicorradoleone@gmail.com My name is Giovanni and I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Graphic Design. I landed my first job in Boulder at Backpacker Magazine. In my spare time I enjoy numerous extreme outdoor activities; mountain biking, snowboarding, and cliff diving. I have a love for craft food, beer, and cocktails that I have forged into a very exciting hobby.
James ReidJames.Reid@rci.rogers.comIn his role at Rogers Publishing, James Reid was a key member of the team that launched Maclean’s tablet edition – the first Canadian publication available on the tablet. He went on to build and lead the team responsible for launching and supporting 25 different titles on tablet and smartphone, including Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Sportsnet Magazine. James currently oversees the content operations for all of Rogers Publishing properties across all mediums – app, web and print.
Lauren McKeonlauren@walrusmagazine.comLauren McKeon is an award-winning journalist, digital editor at the Walrus, and author of F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism.
Tracy Hyatttracy.email@example.com Tracy Hyatt is the associate managing editor of AMA Insider magazine, a member magazine for CAA members which provides inspirational, practical and adventure-filled content for travel and motor enthusiasts. Previously, Tracy was the managing editor at Alberta Venture magazine and a longtime board member of LitFest, Canada’s only non-fiction book festival. Most weekends, Tracy can be found roadtripping through Alberta’s backroads.
Suzanne Trudeldirector@albertamagazines.comSuzanne Trudel has been promoting the province's periodical industry since 2011 as the executive director of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association She’s a veteran of the media industry, with nearly three decades’ experience working with journalism students as a college media advisor, weekly newspaper publications manager and publisher. She volunteered as a judge for the Western Magazine Awards for numerous years, serves on SAIT’s Journalism Advisory Committee, chairs the Reflector Publications Society board at Mount Royal University and sits as a director for the Amber Webb Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a grassroots organization that has raised more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships for emerging artists and writers.
Melissa Chessher is a magazine professor and chair of the Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in the magazine field as both a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in more than a dozen magazines, including Marie Claire, Self, Health, Glamour, Shape, Fitness, Men’s Health, and Parents magazines, and her investigative feature for Self magazine on the challenges faced by women who work while undergoing treatment for breast cancer was part of a package that earned an Ellie Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors in the category of personal service. As an editor, she worked on the launch of Real Simple, the largest magazine launch in Time Inc. history. In 2016, she was named one of Folio magazine’s Top Women in Media Award and routinely serves as a judge for the ASME’s Ellie Awards.
As for what I intend to do with my honorarium (this is really boring, but …): A nice meal in D.C. with my daughter.