How do I join ACES?

Visit How to Join for all of the details on becoming an ACES member, along with our most convincing reasons why.

How does ACES fulfill its mission?

Many editors know of ACES through its annual in-person conference, which is held in a different city each spring. We also host an annual virtual conference in September. We organize workshops and events year-round and foster alliances with other organizations to bring quality training and other opportunities to our members. Our website is a clearinghouse for resources and a place for our members to learn about trends in the industry.

What is the national conference?

ACES holds its in-person national conference every spring to bring together editors for an incredible learning experience offering a wide range of educational sessions, networking lunches, social events, and much more.

We held our first national conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1997, and since then, we’ve been to Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Miami, Denver, and other great cities. ACES also holds a virtual conference every September. Find out more about our upcoming conferences and how to register.

How do I submit a session for the next conference?

Please check the conference page for how to submit sessions. This information is updated as it becomes available, which is typically about six months prior to the conference.

Is ACES just for newspaper editors?

Editing has changed significantly since ACES was founded in 1997 and we’ve expanded our reach to welcome editors from all fields. We have plenty to offer for freelancers and for editors who work for nonprofits, universities, corporations, book publishers, magazines, trade publications, and more.

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Where is ACES located?

The leaders of ACES work for companies across the United States. We have members in nearly every state, as well as several countries.

Our mailing address is 180 S. Western Ave. #132, Carpentersville, IL 60110.

Are my membership dues deductible?

Membership dues for ACES, which is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) charitable education corporation, are non-refundable and may be deductible as a charitable contribution but not as a business expense. See the ACES bylaws for more information.

Is ACES on social media?

ACES has an active online presence. You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Bluesky, and Wakelet. #ACESchats, twice-monthly chats on Twitter to discuss the latest issues, problems, and questions about copy editing are currently on hold.

Can members use the ACES logo?

ACES members in good standing are welcome to display the ACES logo on their websites, as long as they respect the ACES logo usage guidelines.

How can I get involved?

ACES offers members a variety of ways to get involved with the organization. Here's a sampling:

Members also lead the organization by volunteering to serve on the ACES Board of Directors or the ACES Education Fund Board of Directors.

We’re always looking for committed, energetic people to join ACES and we welcome your involvement. Learn more about joining.

How can ACES help me get a job in editing?

We have job listings posted on our Job Board and members can also create their own entry in our Editors for Hire directory.

You should also consider getting to know colleagues in the organization. One great advantage for members is that ACES helps us break out of our traditional isolation. Particularly at conferences, there are opportunities to discuss professional issues and to become part of a growing network of editors.

Don’t be shy about approaching other members for advice — and yes, talking to and networking with fellow editors often leads to job opportunities.

How do I become an editor?

Start by exploring ACES Academy and taking some editing courses. Attend a conference.

If you are an ACES member, you can get a discount on several opportunities through us, including the Poynter ACES Certificates in Editing.

Read this post from one of our members.

How can I become a certified editor?

There is no formal recognized certification standard in the U.S. for editing. However, the introductory and intermediate Poynter ACES Certificates in Editing have been extensively revised and updated. The advanced level is expected in 2024. Read more about this exciting opportunity.

Do you have editing tests/grammar quizzes to share?

Free quizzes are available at the following sites: