Last weekend, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded its Golden Globes, officially opening Hollywood’s award season.
But what about the humble editor? When we do our work well, we are invisible to readers. We clean up, smooth out, and tuck in loose ends. Given our work’s relative invisibility and the subjectivity associated with writing and editing, can editing be evaluated for excellence?
Some professional organizations have found a way—and nominations are now open for several.
The Robinson Prize is ACES’s award for editorial excellence. Launched in 2005, the annual award honors an exceptional copyeditor who has furthered the craft or helped “their organization succeed in an era of increased competition.” The winner receives a $2,000 prize. Copyediting is proud to be connected to three past Robinson winners: Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, newsletter columnist; Sarah Grey, newsletter columnist and copyeditor; and Karen Yin, sponsor and past newsletter columnist.
Other awards include the Glamann Award, ACES Research Award, Headline Contest, and Scholarships.
Nominations for the Robinson Prize are open now until January 31, 2018. Only ACES members may nominate someone, and all nominations are made online. The nomination fee has been eliminated this year.
Editors Association of Canada
This spring, Editors Canada will present the 34th annual Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence to “an exceptional editor who played an important role in the success of a project completed in English or French.” The winner will receive CA$2,000, and finalists will receive CA$500 each.
Editors Canada also awards the Karen Virag Award, President’s Award, and the Claudette Upton Scholarship.
Nominations are open until January 31, 2018. Nominations are made by email, with a fee of CA$100. Self-nominations are welcome.
Society for Editors & Proofreaders (SfEP)
The UK’s professional editing organization has been presenting the Judith Butcher Award (JBA) annually since 2011. This award recognizes valuable contributions made to the organization itself, specifically, “a clearly identifiable and valuable difference to the way the SfEP is run” or the completion of a “specific project that has been of particular value to the SfEP and/or its members.”
Calls for nominations begin in March, with a closing date in mid-April. There is no nomination fee.
Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd)
In 2017, Australia’s premier editing organization, IPEd, presented its first award for editorial excellence: The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award, or the Rosie. Notes the website, “The Rosie is an award to recognise excellence in editing, as demonstrated in one work, with testimony from author, publisher and editor. The nomination can come from any of the parties.”
The biennial Rosie will be given in 2019, alternating with the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, which will be presented this year. The Rosie prize is AU$4,000.
IPEd’s other awards include the IPEd Prize and the Barbara Ramsden Award.
Council of Science Editors (CSE)
CSE recognizes excellence in science editing with its Award for Meritorious Achievement, presented to a person or organization “that embraces the purposes of CSE–the improvement of scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with editing,” according to the website.
While nonmembers can win the top award, only members may nominate. Nominations can be made for any of the awards on CSE’s website.
An editor’s goal may be to have our work be invisible, but that doesn’t mean we have to be invisible. Nominate yourself or a talented colleague for one of these awards and show the world how skilled we are!