ICI Announces Winner of 2018 Purple Pen Competition

Shannon Li has won the 2018 Purple Pen Competition sponsored by the Institute of Certified Indexers. Her index will appear in the book The Politics of Middle English Parables: Fiction, Theology, and Social Practice by Mary Raschko (to be published fall 2018 by Manchester University Press). The judges praised her index for meeting high standards of conceptual analysis and the knowledge she brought to the subject matter. 

 

Shannon Li      

Shannon, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University, completed the University of California, Berkeley, course “Indexing: Theory and Application” in fall 2017, and her instructor was Heather Ebbs.  She presently lives in Cleveland Ohio, and has started a freelance indexing business, Li Indexing.

 

In 2018, she was also a recipient of a Dream to Index scholarship to attend the American Society for Indexing (ASI) National Conference. Shannon is also a member of ASI and its History/Archaeology SIG.

 

Shannon writes about the book she indexed for her contest entry:

I was excited to work on a project that touched on several topics I studied in graduate school, particularly medieval Christianity. Because each chapter treats a different New Testament parable, I was challenged to ensure that the subheadings for these entries remained parallel across the index as much as possible.

The author of the book wrote upon learning of Shannon’s prize:

That's wonderful news for Shannon, and I'm glad for the outside confirmation that she did such high quality work. I will pass this news on to the editors at Manchester University Press.

This is the fifth year that the contest has been held by ICI, and the second time that a U.S. indexer has won the prize. The score is now Canada 3, United States 2. 

 

All entrants receive a detailed feedback scoresheet that combines the comments from three judges. The judging is done anonymously by members of the Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI). The winner receives a check for $100 as well as the publicity of appearing on the ICI website (www.certifiedindexers.com) and notification to the book's publisher and author. This honor also helps the new indexer in terms of building confidence and gaining career satisfaction.

 

The members of ICI all endorse this as a successful way to mentor new indexers who benefit from a detailed review of their work. New indexers should watch for the announcement of the 2019 competition in late spring/early summer 2019.



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