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Award criteria and information
Who is eligible for nomination?
Nominations are open to all editors—both freelance and in-house.
The award is for an editor's outstanding contribution to a work published in Canada in English or French during a stated calendar year.
Any type of written project—book, magazine, government or corporate report, software documentation—is eligible, as is any type of editorial work.
Nominees are limited to one submission per year. This submission can comprise a single item or several items from a related series of titles. Every submission must be accompanied by an administration fee.
Editors Canada will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in fall 2017.
The nominations period for the 2016 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence is now closed. Editors Canada will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in fall 2017.
The award coordinator chooses three judges based upon the types of entries received. Past judges have included previous Tom Fairley Award winners, publishers, senior in-house editors and senior freelance editors. Judges may or may not be Editors Canada members.
For further information on the Tom Fairley Award—including how you or your organization can join the list of contributors—send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Editors Canada national office at 1 866 CAN-EDIT and ask how to reach the current Tom Fairley Award Coordinator.
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We also welcome donations by cheque. Please make your donation payable to "Editors' Association of Canada" with "Tom Fairley Award" written on the memo line.
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