Editor’s Award Program (New)



The Editor’s Award Program

This program is designed to help encourage photos, articles,tips and tricks and anything else that may apply to our wonderful  hobby. Anything submitted to the editor you’ll get points for, as long as its usable and your own. Turn in a BAP article on breeding swordtails and its worth 5 points for BAP. With the Editor’s award program, that article will get you 10 points. If you turn in photos along with the article, you can get an additional 30 points for a grand total of 40 points. Are you planning on going to a convention, Newport Aquarium, or even a local pet shop? Why not write a small article for some points.


1. To encourage the writing of articles for Fancy Fins and the development of writing skills by CCAC members.

2. To acknowledge the accomplishment of CCAC members contributions to the hobby through their writing and artistic efforts.

3. To encourage a spirit of competition for the annual “Editor’s Award”.

4. To increase information about the tropical fish hobby to CCAC members and aquarists in general.


Editors Award Program Rules


Participation is open to all Circle City Aquarium Club members that are current on their dues. Articles (the word

“article” shall mean any written composition, photograph, drawing or other item for submission) by nonmembers will not qualify retroactively upon joining CCAC. All submissions must be published originally by Fancy Fins of the CCAC and not by any other club, website or publication.

Articles must be submitted in Word or other acceptable word processing format. Articles submitted as the body of an email shall not considered an acceptable medium for submittal. Photos must be submitted in JPEG format.

Please be sure to clean the glass and remove any algae.

Photos containing personal identification or watermarks shall not be considered for points.


A. Points will be awarded based on the following schedule for articles first published in Fancy Fins, from December 1 of one year through November 30 of the following year.


B.  All point awards are at the sole discretion of the committee.


C. Articles and/or artwork not published with in the time frame, for any reason, will be included in the year’s competition in which they occur.


D. Co authored articles will have the points split evenly.


E. If any member should not renew his/her membership, accumulated points will be
kept on an inactive list until such time as membership is renewed or until the end of
the calendar year.


The awards shall be distributed at the December banquet. The exact number and type of awards shall be decided upon and approved by the Board of Directors. At the discretion of the editor’s committee, awards shall be modified to include any additional categories, and shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. Once the award has the approval from the Board of Directors it must be presented to the membership through Fancy Fins prior to being award in December.


A. The Editor’s Award will be given to the CCAC member who accumulates the highest number of points, as described in the points accumulation rules, for original articles and/or artwork published in Fancy Fins from December 1 of one year through November 30 of the next. Points will be reset at the end of the term. The
member must have submitted an original  item for publication in Fancy Fins to be eligible. The exception to this time frame shall be the initial award, which shall run from the inception of the program to November 1 of the following year. Points for this award will include bonus points earned for previously published articles
earned during the same time frame. This award shall be a plaque. A special prize may be award depending on sponsorship of the program.



The Editor’s Award Program Committee shall consist of the Editor of Fancy Fins. At the discretion of the Editor, he/she may form a committee.
The duties of the committee are
1. Maintain records of the points earned by all participants
2. Provide a report each month of the current standings, to Fancy Fins Editor, by the editor’s deadline date.
3. Inform the club’s treasurer of the awards to be given out. At that time the Treasurer shall arrange the purchase of awards.


10 – Required BAP or HAP articles. Short articles (less than 50 words) such as tips, jokes, etc.

10-Any hobby related subject such as product review or pet shop review of less than 250 words.

15 Any hobby related subject or BAP article of 250-500 words.

20 Any hobby related subject or BAP article of 500-1,000 words.

35 Any hobby related subject or BAP article of more than 1,000 words.

20 Original hand drawn of fish or plants.

10 Original photographs submitted without an article. To be usable, a photograph must be in focus and centered in the frame of the picture, with subject matter readily identifiable.Please be sure to clean the glass and remove any algae. Photos containing personal identification or water-marks shall not be considered for points.

10 Other original drawings or cartoons, hand drawn, or computer assisted.

10 Additional points will be awarded for each photograph submitted with an article that relates to the subject matter of the article, to a maximum of 30 additional points per article. Photographs must be in focus and usable. Please see Eligibility for photo requirements.


For reprinted items appearing in publications that the Exchange Editor does not receive, it will be the responsibility of the author to provide proof to the committee by November 30 of the contest year. A continuing column of four or more editions within the time frame of the contest, usually a period of twelve consecutive months. Points awarded upon publication of the fourth (4th) edition.

Articles reprinted in another club’s publication (each reprinting).

5 Articles reviewed in another club’s “Exchange Column”, each review.

10 Any artwork reprinted in another club’s publication (each reprinting).

10 Articles mentioned or reviewed in a “for profit” hobby publications.

120 Articles reprinted (with permission of the author) in an hobby related for profit magazine or journal with a large distribution base in a “for profit” publication. These may be edited by the publication or the author but must be substantially the same. These points will be awarded only if the CCAC and Fancy Fins are credited.

Articles and authors receiving awards in the FAAS Publications Award Program will be awarded bonus points based on the following schedule. The FAAS award points will be counted in the year in which they are awarded, not necessarily in the year for which they are awarded.

100 Article/Author of the Year

50 First in category

30 Second in category

20 Third in category

10 Fourth in category or honorable mention.