Queue up for a chance to spell competitively at ACES2017

What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys?

A bunch of editors at a spelling bee, of course.

It just so happens that ACES has one, and you’re invited.

The annual ACES Spelling Bee will be on Thursday evening, after the sessions end but before the reception begins.

We have professional judges, from Merriam-Webster and the Scripps National Bee, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Last year, someone went out on “bialy,” and someone else stumbled on “chitlins/chitterlings.” (Yes, we will use M-W.)

A speller takes her turn during the 2016 ACES Education Fund Spelling Bee in Portland, Oregon. (Mark Allen Photo)

A speller takes her turn during the 2016 ACES Education Fund Spelling Bee in Portland, Oregon. (Mark Allen Photo)

Only 15 people can spell. (Um, wait. This is for editors.) Only 15 people can participate as spellers, but anybody else can watch.

If you want to try to win any of the fabulous prizes, donated by Lingofy, it’ll cost you $25. If you just want to watch, it will be $10. All proceeds go to the ACES Education Fund for scholarships.

And yes, we will have a bar.

To register to spell or watch, click here. You can also just pay your $10 at the door, but we always fill the spellers roster, so register early.

For questions, email Merrill Perlman, meperl@copydesk.org.

See you soon in St. Petersburg.

6 Responses to “Queue up for a chance to spell competitively at ACES2017”

  1. Vic Farkas

    When I attempted to sign up as an observer (w/ my wife) of the spelling bee and provided the requested information and clicked on the submit button, there was no button for payment. Pls. advise.

    • Gerri Berendzen

      If you have problems with the web form, the best first trick is to try a different web browser. That usually fixes the problem.

  2. Donna Pintek

    How will we know if we are selected as one of the 15 spellers?

    • Gerri Berendzen

      The form will shut off after 15 spellers have registered. So if you got a registration confirmation, you’re in.