Members, signal a change for 2021 by finding the best of your work of 2020 and submitting it for the Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award. Give yourself something good to remember about this difficult year! Deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021.
In 2020, we had a record number of quality applications, so many, we had two winners. So, keep the applications coming.
Think back on the year to that index that carried you away — not necessarily the most complex material, but a book that presented a particular challenge to you as the indexer. One that inspired you to analyze with great efficiency of space, or extreme simplicity as you knew the material would be sought under stress, or creativity because of the author’s unusual presentation. Or one where you think you got it all right
Last year was the first year for the online application. It’s never been easier. You don’t need a hard copy — a PDF of the book with the index is enough. The submission costs $30 and we provide feedback for up to three runners-up. That’s feedback from three experienced indexers.
Show us how you creatively overcame challenges, resulting in an outstanding, well-structured, easy-to-navigate, clear and comprehensive guide for all of its users. And if you think, “No way — I’m too new at this!” Let us point out that one of the 2020 award-winners, Carla DeSantis, had only written one other index. She was hoping for the feedback. The other winner, Anna Olivier, indexing since 2009, submitted a French text. That was a first for the award.
Give us a challenge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Maybe you’ll get the prize (which won’t happen if you don’t apply). And if not, you’re very likely to get expert confidential feedback. That’s worth a lot.