Nominations for work completed in 2018 for the Allan Slaight Awards are now open. $50,000 in prize money from the Slaight Family Foundation will be awarded this year to recognize outstanding achievements in the pursuit of the impossible, across five distinct categories:
Lifetime Achievement ($15,000) recognizes 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. Past recipients include Edwin Dawes (2018), Max Maven (2017), Ton Onosaka (2016) and Johnny Thompson (2015).
Sharing Wonder ($15,000) recognizes exceptional magic performed for the public, whether in live performance, on television or online. Past recipients include Michael Carbonaro (2018), Derek Delgaudio (2017), Darcy Oake (2016) and Penn & Teller (2015).
Sharing Secrets ($10,000) recognizes work that advances the study of magic as a performing art, whether in print, on video or any other medium. Work related to the history of magic and its practitioners will also be considered. Past recipients include The College of Magic (2018), John Lovick (2017), Richard Kaufman (2016) and Mike Caveney (2015).
Rising Star, Canadian & International ($5,000 each) recognizes emerging talent in Canada and abroad. Past recipients include Nicholas Wallace and Noah Levine (2018); Eric Leclerc and Edward Hilsum (2017); Luc Langevin and Jorge Blass (2016); and Mahdi Gilbert and Henry Vargas (2015).
The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST) on March 29, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges and the winners will be contacted in the spring.