Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline December 31, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Do you know a great copy editor? You can encourage great copy editing by nominating someone — including yourself — for the Robinson Prize. Each year, the American Copy Editors Society honors one copy editor whose work demonstrates exceptional effectiveness. In addition to national recognition, the winner receives $3,000 and a plaque to hang where the boss can see it.

Notable Winners

Beth Blair, Boy Scouts of America

Andy Angelo, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press

Kim Profant, Chicago Tribune

Doris Truong, Washington Post

Katharine O’Moore-Klopf


The judges, former Robinson Prize winners and other people highly regarded in the profession, will contact the nominee’s four references and otherwise look into the supporting evidence. They will be urged to consider the disparate nature of the entries and come to a consensus on their importance to the copy-editing profession or to a specific organization. Self-nominations will be given equal consideration with nominations submitted by others.

One prize is offered annually, although the judges may choose not to award a prize if they determine that an insufficient number of entries has been received or that no entry is deserving of recognition. The judges may single out some entries for special recognition. No ties will be allowed.

The decisions of the judges will be final except under extraordinary circumstances. In such cases, the judges’ decisions may be reviewed by the ACES Executive Committee, which is empowered to resolve any disputes and which retains ultimate authority over the competition and award.

Monetary/Material Award Details

$3,000 and a plaque

Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to all copy editors working for English-language publications, including those published only on the Internet. Work considered for nomination should be current but need not be tied to a specific calendar year. Members of the ACES Executive Committee, employees of ACES and the administrators of the contest are ineligible.

Entry Fee Details

ACES members in good standing may enter for $50.

Non-members may enter for $200.

Required Material

The nominator should explain in no more than 1,000 words why the nominee should receive the Robinson Prize. Please be as specific as possible in stating what makes the nominee exceptional, how he or she furthers the craft or helps his/her organization succeed in an era of increased competition. Supporting documentation is encouraged but not required. The nominator must provide the names and contact information of four people familiar with the nominee’s work. One of the four must be the nominee’s direct supervisor. A reference from someone whose work the nominee edits will be welcome but is not mandatory.

Entry Format

Nominations must be submitted through the online form.

Contact Information

Brady Jones
[email protected]

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