The Allan Slaight Awards will be distributed across five categories: Sharing Wonder (Live or Digital), Sharing Secrets, International Rising Star, Canadian Rising Star, and Lifetime Achievement.
The Lifetime Achievement category will recognize a person, company or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to advancing magic as a performing art, and made major contributions to that goal throughout their or its lifetime.
The Sharing Wonder category will recognize the most innovative performance of magic over the past year, either in live performance or a digital medium. The goal is to recognize exceptional performances, by exceptional artists.
Sharing Secrets will recognize the most exceptional creative, innovative or well-presented (live, in print, or digital) works that advance the study of magic as a performing art. The focus will be on the techniques that magicians use or can use to advance the work. Works related to the history of magic and its practitioners will also be considered in this category.
The word “magic” includes ancillary subjects such as illusions, mentalism and sleight-of-hand, and any other branch that can be considered to fall under the broad rubric of magic.
The Allan Slaight Awards are international in scope. Magicana will accept submissions from performers, creators, writers, designers, and anyone else with an interest in magic, wherever they reside or perform. One can submit his or her own work for consideration, or the work of any other individual or organization.
Nominations are currently being accepted for work completed in 2016. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2017. Nominations received after the deadline will be kept on file and considered for the following year.