PORTLAND, Oregon — At its national conference in Portland, Oregon, the American Copy Editors Society selected Sarah Grey, owner of Grey Editing LLC, as the winner of the 2015 Robinson Prize. Grey was awarded $3,000 and an engraved glass plaque.
The award, first presented in 2006, honors an exceptional copy editor who helps further the craft in an era of increased competition. Grey’s dedication to the industry stood out from the field and simply could not be denied. The judging panel was unanimous in its decision. One judge noted being impressed with her “ability to bring editing out of a dark office and into the light by holding happy hours, mentoring students, and speaking at conferences.”
“My client roster is diverse and includes periodicals, translation agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, web developers, and individual academics,” Grey says of her work at Grey Editing LLC. One of her references, who is a client, also noted: “In her work on my fiction, she has been a companion—as a good copy editor must be—working in detail on language, structure and phrasing. Each of these roles has required confidence, but above all initiative.”
Grey is not only an accomplished editor, but she also uses her voice to write about editing, contributing to several copy editing blogs and newsletters. She presents at copy editing workshops, speaks to students about the editing profession, and grants insightful interviews to journalists.
Her involvement with copy editing extends to helping the Philadelphia editing community, coordinating her local Editorial Freelancers Association chapter and Drexel University’s “Week of Writing” event. She continues to participate actively in online editors’ communities such as Editors’ Association of Earth and EAE Backroom.
The Robinson Award is named for Pam Robinson, co-founder of ACES and the society’s first president. Freelance copy editor Jamaal D. Pittman led this year’s judging panel. Rounding out the panel were 2014 Robinson Prize Winner Larissa Newton of Central Penn Business Journal; 2011 Robinson Prize winner Kim Profant of The Chicago Tribune; and Janet Kahler of SmartBrief.