Do you know a great editor? You can encourage their work by nominating someone (or yourself!) for ACES’ annual Robinson Prize. The prize honors an "editor of the year" whose work exemplifies the values that ACES promotes. In addition to national recognition, the winner receives $2,000 and a spiffy crystal trophy.
The prize is named for Pam Robinson, a founder and past president of ACES. One of Pam’s goals was to make editors more visible in the workplace and to encourage them to take a constructive role in the publishing process.
Nominees are evaluated on a combination of elements, which can include editing, design, mentoring and training, fostering a sense of teamwork and pride among colleagues, and anything else that furthers the craft of professional editing.
“This award isn’t designed to applaud the best speller or the best grammarian,” says former ACES President Teresa Schmedding, who helped establish the award in 2005. “Being a good wordsmith isn’t enough. Today’s editors need to be skilled in conflict resolution, show excellent judgment, demonstrate initiative, and be able to find creative solutions to help their publications succeed in this era filled with increased competition.”
2022: Talysa Sainz
2021: Emily Ayubi
2020: Laura Poole
2019: Rob Reinalda
2018: Karen S. Conlin
2015: Sarah Grey
2014: Larissa Newton
2013: Katharine O’Moore-Klopf
2012: Doris Truong, Washington Post
2011: Kim Profant, Chicago Tribune
2010: Andy Angelo, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
2009: Beth Blair, Boy Scouts of America
2008: Michael Roehrman, The Wichita Eagle
2007: Adam Smith, The Augusta Chronicle
2006: Tim Lynch, Los Angeles Times
2005: Paul Soucy, USA Today