IPEd seeks to support and foster research in editing and publishing, as part of its broader mission to enhance the profession of editing.
As part of this mission, IPEd sponsors an annual prize of $250 for an essay or paper written as part of the requirements for a postgraduate degree in editing, publishing or another discipline that permits a focus on editing.
Submissions may be term papers, essays written as part of course work, or articles submitted for publication during a professional doctorate candidature. Students are advised to discuss with their program director the advisability of their submitting a paper for the IPEd Prize.
Essays submitted for the IPEd Prize are judged on the basis that they:
- contain original research on issues in editing and publishing
- present a well-structured argument
- use and properly document primary and secondary sources
- are engaging and well written
- are well edited
- contain between 2000 and 3500 words
- have gained a High Distinction or A+ grade from university assessors.
The winning essay is published on the IPEd website and the author is invited to present its findings at the next biennial IPEd national editors conference.
Read about the IPEd Prize 2012 and also the winning entry.
Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship
The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship recognises and rewards the contribution of book editors to Australian writing and publishing. Applicants should have at least five years’ editorial work experience in quality Australian fiction and non-fiction, in either adult or children’s publishing.
Named in honour of one of Australia’s finest literary editors, Beatrice Davis, this prestigious fellowship allows an editor to spend 12 weeks in the editorial department of a United States publishing house or houses.
It is sponsored by the Literature Fund of the Australia Council, the Australian Publishers Association, IPEd and the Australian publishing industry.
Barbara Ramsden Award
The Barbara Ramsden Award is sponsored by IPEd and the Fellowship of Australian Writers as part of the National Literary Awards. It is a major literary award for a book of quality writing in any field of literature, and it recognises the contributions by both author and editor in producing the final product.
The award, named after esteemed Melbourne editor Barbara Ramsden, started in 1971 and ran until 1992. It was revived in 2006 with the support of the Society of Editors (Victoria) Inc.
The award supplies two specially cast bronze plaques designed by renowned sculptor and medallionist, Michael Meszaros, which are presented to the author and the publisher’s editor to recognise the combined effort of both parties to achieve the final result. The design is of the origin of art, showing the creator at work, and a figure representing the forces that ensure its effective communication.
Report on 2010 Barbara Ramsden Award
Report on 2009 Barbara Ramsden Award