A.V. Bruce & Associates Inc. is delighted to announce that Alec Bruce has taken home two awards in the International Regional Magazine Association’s (IRMA) 42nd annual awards highlighting accomplishments in editorial, photography, art direction, design and overall publication in 2021.
Bruce won Award of Merit in the General Feature category for his story “Plague in Bordertown” (Saltscapes, June/July 2021) and a Bronze Award for Writer of the Year (representing Saltscapes) at the IRMA awards in Ottawa.
IRMA is a non-profit association composed of 25 regional magazines from across North America. Since its founding in 1960, IRMA has provided an unparalleled environment for open communication, support and trust among member magazines.
IRMA’s mission is to strengthen the regional magazine publishing industry by fostering the free flow of information and experience between a diverse group of non-competitive publishers. Through this limitless sharing of ideas and experience, IRMA helps the regional genre of magazines maintain relevance and viability in their respective markets.
Regional magazines are defined as having general interest, lifestyle or tourism editorial content about a specific region. Our members are: Acadiana Profile; Adirondack Life; albemarle magazine; Arizona Highways; Arizona Wildlife Views; Arkansas Life; Avenue Calgary; British Columbia Magazine; Cottage Life; Delaware Beach Life; Down East: the Magazine of Maine; Downhome; KANSAS! Magazine; Louisiana Life; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Mountain Home; Nebraska Life Magazine; New Mexico Magazine; Oklahoma Today; Saltscapes; Smoky Mountain Living; Texas Highways; The Bermudian; Wyoming Wildlife; and Yukon, North of Ordinary.
To evaluate the achievements of member magazines, IRMA annually selects a panel of industry experts from outside IRMA who choose winners from the pool of submitted entries. The various award categories include editorial, design, and photography. Example categories include Reader Service Article, Photo Series, Art Direction of a Single Story and Magazine of the Year.
Regarding his awards, Bruce said, “I’ll have to move the Nobel.”