Submit your nomination for the 2024 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence!

A spotlight
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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 2024 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 2024 award recognizes an outstanding editor on a project published in the 2023 calendar year.

The $2,000 cash award will be presented to the winner at Editors Canada’s national conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 22, 2024. We’re pleased to announce that in recognition of their outstanding editorial performance, the finalists will also receive cash awards of $500 each. These cash awards are 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?

Download the nomination form now.


The deadline to submit your completed nomination form is Friday, February 9, 2024.

Supporting documents must be submitted electronically (e.g., by email) by Friday, February 23, 2024.

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

Meet the 2023 recipient and finalists

Headshot of Fazeela Jiwa
Headshot of Michael Leyne
Headshot of Lorna Stuber

Editors Canada presented the 2023 Tom Fairley Award to Fazeela Jiwa (she/her) for her work on Frequently Asked White Questions by Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish (Fernwood Publishing).

The other editors shortlisted for their editorial excellence were Michael Leyne (he/him) of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Lorna Stuber (she/her) of Okotoks, Alberta.

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.

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