The cut-off looms for this year's Maggies, a competition that lets the great unwashed decide on New Zealand's best magazine covers. So, esteemed publishers, editors and minions, enter your covers here immediately.
Initiated in the UK four years ago and launched in New Zealand in 2010 by magazine and newspaper subscription business iSUBSCRiBE, the awards are designed to help improve the profile and popularity of the magazine publishing industry and Good's cover featuring a handmade pohutukawa wreath evoking the Christmas spirit was crowned winner of the second edition of The Maggies last year.
The awards are open exclusively to New Zealand print magazines and the first two years of The Maggies in New Zealand have seen the awards grow exponentially, with publisher entries increasing by 45 percent and consumer voting rising by 33 percent.
The judges will select a shortlist from the nominated covers, which will be put to public vote from 22 October via www.themaggies.co.nz, and the winners will be announced in late November. While there is no formal entry fee, publishers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to The Maggies chosen charity, The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
The public will be incentivised to vote for their favourite magazine cover with a reward of a $5 iSUBSCRiBE gift voucher. In addition, $1 from every subscription sold using the iSUBSCRiBE gift vouchers will be donated to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
John McClintock, executive director of the Magazine Publishers Association New Zealand, is returning to chair the panel of judges for The Maggies 2012. And the panel of judges includes:
- Andrew Burge, CEO & Founder of iSUBSCRiBE Pty Ltd
- Lindsey Dawson, creator of three major women’s titles in New Zealand More, Grace and Next and winner of the MPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
- Jude Dobson, TV Presenter and Producer
- Rachel Glucina, New Zealand Herald Columnist
- Gideon Keith, Creative Director at Strategy Auckland
- John McClintock, Executive Director of Magazine at MPANZ
- Paula Ryan, founder of Fashion Quarterly and Simply You and winner of the MPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2010