With the 30th annual Tom Fairley Award, Canadian editors take time to applaud our colleagues; to acknowledge the heavy lifting, the diligent wordsmithing, the hand-holding, and the polishing of prose both literary and functional. For, editors work on all kinds of words.
This year’s short list for the Editors’ Association of Canada award for editorial excellence includes a magazine, poetry, and a reference book. All editing roles are eligible: from development right through to final proofreading.
The submission package is extensive, requiring several letters of recommendation as well as examples of correspondence and stages of the work. The panel of three esteemed Canadian editors looks at every aspect of the candidate’s contribution.
Trevor J. Adams of Prospect, Nova Scotia, for Halifax Magazine (Metro Guide Publishing)
Peter Midgley of Edmonton, Alberta, for The Last Temptation of Bond by Kimmy Beach (The University of Alberta Press)
Paul Payson of Edmonton, Alberta, for The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem by Kevin P. Timoney (The University of Alberta Press)
Prize handed out June 7
The $2000 grand prize will be handed out at June’s EAC conference banquet in Toronto. For the first time, each other finalist will receive a cash prize of $500. To qualify, the work must have been published in Canada in 2013. Works in either official language (English or French) are eligible.
The prize is named for one of EAC’s founding members: Tom Fairley. “He is remembered more for the exceptional quality of his work, for his generous nature, and for the help and advice he gave novice editors,” says a statement on their website. As a collective, we know these qualities abound among our colleagues. Honouring those, too, is laudable.
Last Year’s Award
Last year’s award went to Sandy Newton for her work on Here’s the Catch: The Fish We Harvest from the Northwest Atlantic by Wade Kearley (Boulder Publications).