ICI Opens 2019 Purple Pen Competition

The Institute of Certified Indexers has opened the application period for its 2019 competition for best new indexer, The Purple Pen Award. The award is open to new indexers who completed an indexing course in the last five years (January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2019) and submit an index done for payment (not a practice or pro bono index).
Each entrant will receive a detailed feedback report compiled from the comments of three ICI-member judges.

The standards for the anonymous judging come from the ICI Best Practices (PDF).

Candidates for the contest must read the rules and complete the submission form included at the end of the rules document (PDF).

Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2019 midnight EST. Application must be accompanied by the fee of $40. Only one submission is accepted per entrant.

Non-U.S. entrants should contact Enid L. Zafran (enid@indexingpartners.com) to discuss best payment method.

Past winners include:
  • 2014 -- Stephen Ullstrom
  • 2015 -- Frances Curry
  • 2016 -- Sam Arnold-Boyd
  • 2017 -- Sergey Lobachev
  • 2018 -- Shannon Li
Make sure to enter so your name has the potential to join this list of indexers who established their competence for the profession of indexing by winning the contest!

Chitra Karunanayake Becomes Latest Certified Indexer

The Institute of Certified Indexers is pleased to welcome Chitra Karunanayake to its ranks. Chitra currently works as the Library Manager of Geoff Marel Library, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, Australia. She is a part-time indexer and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI).


Find a more complete biography here.

Why Use an ICI-Certified Indexer?

ICI-Certified Indexers have:

  • had their work and experience reviewed by an independent body (ICI)
  • completed and successfully passed a rigorous examination (preparation of a test index on a complex 250- to 300-page text)
  • demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to indexing best practices (PDF).

ICI-Certified Indexers are committed to continuing education and must be recertified every three years.

While certification is not a guarantee that every ICI-Certified Indexer will produce an exemplary index in every circumstance, ICI-Certified Indexers are individuals who are devoted to quality in indexing and strive to meet and exceed client needs at every opportunity.

By using ICI-Certified Indexers, editors, authors, and publishers help ensure that the indexes produced for them will be of the highest possible quality.

Find an ICI-Certified Indexer to meet your needs.

Benefits of Certification

Learn how you can become an ICI-Certified Indexer.