About Us/Contributors Guidelines

Founded in 1998, our mission is to inspire the ambition that will shape the future of our city. By setting a standard of accuracy in journalism that is backed up by expert opinion and brought to life by storytelling and images, we help people get the most out of living here. In particular, we shine a light on how great design, experiences in nature, and strong relationships can affect people’s lives. 

Our tone is curious about the next discovery, thoughtful about change, and lively — we bring context, and a sense of humour.

Interested in contributing to Ottawa Magazine?

We’re looking for fresh insights into city politics, as well as lifestyle industries such as food and design developments. In choosing editorial content, we look for stories that introduce something new, or offer a new take on an important issue, person, or space. As a city magazine we are rooted in space — from residential homes to public facilities — and the people, ideas, and forces that influence the changing shape of Ottawa. As such, all stories must be anchored in Ottawa.

We encourage people interested in contributing to familiarize themselves with our content, most of which can be found online. Our main features explore big issues that impact the city; these include profiles of notable people, as well as lesser-known people with compelling life stories. Of particular interest are equality, climate change, housing accessibility, and political accountability. At People and Places, you’ll find short, timely stories, entertaining articles about people, places, and things of importance to Ottawans. Our Eating and Drinking content reveals new restaurants and industry leaders, and often provides interesting insight into their career path, business ethics, and/or personal life. We also explore issues faced by the industry — problems, solutions, and behind-the-scenes moments. Our Homes section highlights unique and ambitious design projects, as well as profiles of people working within the architecture, design, renovation, and development sector. Most of all, every article features superb storytelling.

Compensation varies depending on the type of feature and is payable upon acceptance. We discourage unsolicited manuscripts and telephone pitches.

Please send all pitches to: feedbackottawa@stjosephmedia.com 

Awards

Shawna Wagman, Writer
2011: National Magazine Award Finalist for “Ideas on the Plate,” Ottawa Magazine
2010: Silver, National Magazine Award for “Is Fine Dining Dead?” Ottawa Magazine
2009: National Magazine Award Finalist for “Market Forces,” Ottawa Magazine

Ron Corbett, Writer
2009: National Magazine Award Finalist for “Post Mortem on the System,” Ottawa Magazine

Elizabeth Hay, Writer
2008: National Magazine Award Finalist for “Jet in England,” Ottawa Magazine

Dorothy Speak, Writer
2006: National Magazine Honourable Mention for her Ottawa Magazine story “Windfall”

Natalie MacLean, Writer
2005:
The James Beard Foundation Journalism Award — The Oscars of food journalism — for her Ottawa City story: “Waiter, there’s a flaw in my Wine.”
2004:
Second-Place Prize, American Association of Food Journalists for her Ottawa City writing

Mark Bourrie, Writer
2004: National Magazine Award Honourable Mention for “Rush to Misjudgment,” in Ottawa City
2001: First Prize, National Magazine Awards for his Ottawa City story “The System that Killed Santa”

Michael Deforge, Illustrator
2008: National Magazine Award Finalist for “Climate,” Ottawa Magazine

Marc Fowler, Photographer
2005: National Magazine Award Finalist for “The Building of Big House Red,” Ottawa City Interiors

Chris Lalonde, Photographer

2014: Honourable Mention, National Magazine Awards for “Drawing Rooms,” Ottawa Magazine

2011: Silver, National Magazine Award for “Ideas on the Plate,” Ottawa Magazine
2005:
National Magazine Award Finalist for “The Upside of Downtown,” Ottawa City Interiors

Rémi Thériault, Photographer
2010: National Magazine Award Honourable Mention for “TasteMakers,” Ottawa Magazine

Awards Won by our Writers Natalie MacLean’s awards for writing about wine and spirits

  • 2005: The Bert Greene Award for Excellence in Food Journalism, The International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • 2005: The Bert Greene Award for Excellence in Internet Writing
  • 2004: Two Bert Greene awards
  • 2004: Two James Beard Foundation awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
  • 2004: First- and Second-Place Prizes, American Association of Food Journalists, for Internet Writing
  • 2004: First-Place Prize, North American Travel Journalists Association
  • 2003: Awarded the title of World’s Best Drink Writer by The World Food Media Awards

Shawna Wagman’s nominations for food writing

  • Nominated for Best Blog — City Bites, Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Chris Knight’s nominations for food writing

  • Nominated for several Gemini awards
  • Nominated for several James Beard Foundation awards
  • Nominated for a World Food Media award

Other Awards

  • Marc Fowler, Photographer
    2002: National Magazine Award Honourable Mention for his photo essay “Beaux Bridges”
  • Tony Fouhse, Photographer
    2004: Honourable Mention, National Magazine Awards
  • Christina Spencer, Writer
    2004: First Prize, National Magazine Awards
  • Anita Lahey, Writer
    2004: Honourable Mention, National Magazine Awards
  • Natalie MacLean, Writer
    2004: Honourable Mention, National Magazine Awards