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Award criteria and informationFR
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.
For work published in any given year, the deadline for nominations is in January or February of the following year, with supporting documentation and the administration fee due a week or two later.
For the Tom Fairley Award for 2012, the deadline for nominations is Friday, January 11, 2013. The deadline for supporting documentation and the administration fee is Friday, January 25, 2013.
The 2012 Tom Fairley Award will be presented at the banquet of the Editors' Association of Canada conference in Halifax on June 8, 2013.
Nominations can be made by anyone involved in the work: publisher, editor, author, designer or other person. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Nominations fall into two parts: a letter of nomination and a package of supporting documentation, including fee payment.
First, send a letter of nomination to the Tom Fairley Award Coordinator, Editors' Association of Canada, 505—27 Carlton Street, Toronto ON M5B 1L2 (fax: (416) 975-1637; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). This letter must include the following information:
Next, prepare a package of material supporting the nomination. This documentation may accompany the letter of nomination or be sent separately, but it must be received at the EAC office by the deadline for supporting documentation. See above for deadlines.
The documentation package must include three items:
The package should also contain enough supporting material to enable the judges to assess the quality of the editor's work. Depending on the type of project, such material could include any of the following:
A word of caution: Thorough documentation is essential to enable the judges to evaluate the editor's contribution, but please do not overwhelm the judges with masses of marginal material. In the interests of the judges and nominee, select and organize only those documents that exemplify each stage of editing and that best illustrate the editor's contribution.
NB: Copies, rather than original documents, are preferred.
In sum, please keep three things in mind in preparing documentation:
IMPORTANT: Those who wish to have their submissions returned must make a request within 30 days of the announcement of the award winner.
Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, cheque or money order, made payable to Editors' Association of Canada. A penalty of $20 will be charged for NSF cheques or invalid credit card information.
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 EAC 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 email@example.com or call the EAC national office at 1 866 CAN-EDIT and ask how to reach the current Tom Fairley Award Coordinator.