How to nominate

How do I nominate?

You will need to send us your and the editor’s contact details along with a citation of a minimum of 200 words for the editor (no more than 500 words). The citation can be a list of bullet points, highlighting the features that make your chosen editor special – see the below example by Libby Mitchell.

There is space on the form for additional information you feel may be relevant.  An optional paragraph of why the editor deserves the award would be appreciated for publicity purposes. Please complete this form.

When do I nominate?

This scheme operates on a rolling basis, so members can nominate whenever suits them from – so you could put forward an editor’s name immediately after working with them on the project, or you could wait until nearer the March deadline to decide who you most wish to recognise.

We would prefer early nominations to boost interest in the award and to help sustain it throughout the year.

How many awards can I grant?

Each EWG member can nominate one editor per year.

At present, the award is open for those projects which were published or are due to be published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Who is the scheme open to?

SoA members only.

The author and editor must have worked together on a full-length work for learners and/or teachers, and the award will be tied to this particular project. By way of example, this would include materials for English Language Teaching, textbooks and resources for school curricula and for Higher Education.

What happens next?

The committee will review the citation.

We will let you know when we have sent the editor their certificate.

We hope that participating authors will be willing to be interviewed for pieces for our Group newsletter and the SoA blog.

Example citation

From the beginning the editor:

  • had a clear plan of what she wanted us to write
  • had an experienced, specialist freelance editorial team on board
  • offered us a royalty deal 
  • was prepared to listen to our concerns about the contract terms and get changes made accordingly 
  • organised one short meeting at the beginning of the project (authors, commissioning editor, project manager) and all other communication has been done by email
  • letters, emails and briefing documents are clear and well-written
  • consulted us about timing before giving us the schedules
  • had an open and supportive approach to getting the work completed, given the tight deadlines 
  • asked us to write a sample unit but this has been used at the first unit of the book
  • has been responsive to us during the writing and has said that we should contact her at any time during the writing if we have any concerns
  • has been open, friendly and professional at all times