Become a member of ACES

Expand your knowledge and connect with peers who help expand your talents and opportunities.

The American Copy Editors Society is the essential organization for editors from all backgrounds and skill levels to discover the latest trends in the craft. Gain access to resources, research, news, networking, professional development, continuing education and more.

We are just like you, editors on the front lines.

We share your passion for amazing copy, as well as the challenges you face in a changing work environment, and we address them by helping our members gain new insights and stay a cut above in their profession. Count on ACES as a “one-stop” resource for building a successful and rewarding career in the craft.

The tangible benefits include our newsletter, discounts on registration for our national conference and regional workshops, and savings with partner organizations such as the Society for Newspaper Design and the American Press Institute.

But as a member, you’ll find the intangible benefits more exciting. By joining ACES, you’ll have opportunities to meet colleagues and become part of a national network of editors, find prospects for improving your skills and raise the profile of editors wherever they work.

Save with multiyear discounts

You can receive discounts and lock in the cost of your annual dues by joining for more than one year. ACES even offers lifetime membership to professionals for the one-time price of $1,000. Joining for multiple years also helps the society fulfill its mission of editors’ training and advocacy even more.

Dues structure

Effective Nov. 1, 2011

Professionals Students
One year $75 $40
Two years $140 N/A
Three years $210 N/A
Four years $280 N/A
Five years $350 N/A
Lifetime $1,000 N/A

Dues are applied in year increments from time of registration through the end of a month; if you joined today for one year, for example, your membership would expire one year from today.

Membership categories

Professionals Students
Full memberships
Working copy editors; managers in the journalism industry with a copy editing background; teachers of journalism; and retirees from these categories.
Associate memberships
People interested in but who have no professional background in copy editing; people engaged in public relations.
Student memberships
Students at accredited colleges and universities pursuing a course of study in communications, journalism or English, as well as high school students pursuing journalism courses or working on a school or alternative publication.

You can join immediately by using our online membership form. Those interested in joining under a group membership can find out about our available discounts. You also can download a printable membership form (as a PDF) to mail to us.

Membership dues for ACES, which is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) charitable education corporation, are non-refundable and may be deductible as a charitable contribution but not as a business expense. See our bylaws for more information.

Contact us

American Copy Editors Society
7 Avenida Vista Grande
Suite B7 #467, Santa Fe, NM 87508
info@copydesk.org