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Submit your nomination for the 2021 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence!

Published on: November 04, 2020

Tom Fairley Award / Illustration of a spotlight (Alexandr Pintyuk ©

It is often said that editing is an invisible art. But that doesn't mean great editors should hide in the shadows.

Shine a spotlight on great editing by submitting a nomination for the 2021 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. You can nominate another editor or even yourself.


The Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence

The Tom Fairley Award is presented annually to an exceptional editor who played a significant role in the success of a project completed in English or French.

The 2021 award recognizes an exceptional editor who played an important role on a project published in the 2020 calendar year.

The cash award of $2,000 is made possible by Editors Canada and its generous donors.


Submit a nomination

Anyone involved in the work can submit a nomination, 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, January 15, 2021.
  • Supporting documents must be submitted electronically (e.g., by email) by Friday, January 29, 2021.

Complete nomination instructions and more information about the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence are available online.


Meet the 2020 recipient and finalists

Amanda Lewis, Michael Leyne and Adele Simmons

Editors Canada presented the 2020 Tom Fairley Award to Amanda Lewis of Vancouver, British Columbia, for her work on Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph (Page Two).

The other editors shortlisted for their editorial excellence were Michael Leyne of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Adele Simmons of Calabogie, Ontario.


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.