It is often said that editing is an invisible art. But that doesn't mean great editors should hide in the shadows.
Shining a spotlight on editing excellence
Do you know an exceptional editor? Did you make an outstanding contribution as an editor? Shine a spotlight on great editing by submitting a nomination for the 2019 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
The Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence
The Tom Fairley Award is presented annually to an exceptional editor who played an important role in the success of a project completed in English or French.
In 2019, Editors Canada will present the Tom Fairley Award for the 35th time. The 2019 award recognizes an exceptional editor who played an important role on a project published in the 2018 calendar year.
The $2,000 cash award will be presented to the winner at Editors Canada's 40th anniversary conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 8, 2019. In recognition of their outstanding editorial performance, finalists will receive cash awards of $500 each.
Submit a nomination
Anyone involved in the work can nominate, such as the publisher, editor, author or designer. Self-nominations are encouraged.
Ready to recognize that exceptional editor?
- The deadline to submit your completed nomination form is Friday, February 15, 2019.
- Supporting documents must be submitted electronically (e.g., by email or Dropbox) by Friday, March 1, 2019.
Meet the 2018 recipient and finalists
Gilles Vilasco, Lenore Hietkamp and Michelle van der Merwe
Editors Canada presented the 2018 Tom Fairley Award to Gilles Vilasco of Montreal, Quebec, for his work on Le repos Saint-François d'Assise : 100 ans d'accompagnement, l'assurance d'une pérennité (Cimetière Le repos Saint‐François d'Assise).
The other editors shortlisted for their editorial excellence were Lenore Hietkamp of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, and Michelle van der Merwe of Victoria, British Columbia.
Complete nomination instructions and more information about the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence are available online.
Who was Tom Fairley?
Tom Fairley was a founding member of the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada. His career stretched from the 1930s to the 1980s. He held positions at Canadian Press, the CBC, Macmillan of Canada, General Publishing and Copp Clark.
Tom had a keen interest in the North, which was reflected in his two books on the subject and his many newspaper and magazine articles on the Arctic.
Simply to list the positions Tom held, or to mention one or two of his achievements, does not do him justice. 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.
Tom died in March 1982 at the age of 63. This award for editorial excellence is our tribute to an outstanding editor and person.