ICI Announces Fourth Year of Indexing Contest for Newbies

The Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI) announces the opening of its fourth year of competition for newer indexers.  This successful effort has found a welcoming home among indexers with five years or less of experience. 


Last year’s winner, Sam Arnold-Boyd, writes:


I would encourage every indexer who meets the criteria to enter the Purple Pen Award contest. It is the best bargain in indexing instruction! I found the detailed feedback to be highly beneficial because it gave the perspective of three highly-qualified judges on a book I had indexed. Using the Institute of Certified Indexer’s “Indexing Best Practices” as a framework for review gave me new insights and ideas about how I could approach future projects.


When the author and publisher of the book Sam indexed were notified of her winning the contest, both sent back enthusiastic notes which are excellent references for new indexers in their quest for more clients.


The contest is open internationally to those who qualify.


The submissions for judging are due by July 31, 2017, and rules and details (as well as entry form) can be found here. The fee remains the same as in the previous year at $39.00. 


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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.


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Benefits of Certification

  • Certification attests to the achievement of special knowledge beyond basic indexing techniques.
  • The process of achieving and maintaining certification ensures that indexers continue to hone their indexing capabilities throughout their careers.
  • ICI-Certified Indexers stand out when publishers and authors are looking for indexing services; certification validates and provides assurance to clients.
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  • ICI-Certified Indexers are listed on the ICI website, which is used by publishers to find appropriate ICI-Certified Indexers.


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