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IPEd's Australian standards for editing practice sets out the core standards that professional editors should meet.
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To support and recognise the work of Australian editors, IPEd co-sponsors a biennial fellowship program, the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. It also sponsors an annual prize to support and foster research in editing and publishing, the IPEd Prize.

IPEd Prize 2016

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (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.

Essays should be submitted as Word documents, double-spaced, and sent as email attachments to secretary@iped-editors.org by Friday 9 December 2016.

Essays may be term papers or essays submitted as part of course work. Students are advised to discuss with their program director the advisability of their submitting a paper for the IPEd prize.

To be considered, submissions should: 

  • have gained a High Distinction (HD) or A+ grade from course assessors
  • be between 2000 and 3000 words in length
  • have been written in the year of their submission
  • not previously have been published
  • represent the writer’s own work, unedited by anyone else.

In addition, the writer should have sought permissions for all copyright material  included by way of illustration.

Submissions are limited to one per candidate.

The submission will be judged by the criteria listed below. The essay or term-paper should:

  • contain original research on issues in editing and publishing
  • present a well-structured argument
  • use and properly document primary and secondary sources
  • be engaging and well-written
  • be a well-edited piece of writing.

IPEd will appoint a panel of well-qualified reviewers to judge the essay prize, and the results will be announced in early 2017. However, please note that if, in the opinion of the judges, none of the entries reaches the required standard, no prize will be awarded.

Essays should be accompanied by the completed Entry Form.

2015 IPEd Prize

Read about the IPEd Prize 2015 and the winning entry.

2014 IPEd Prize

Read about the IPEd Prize 2014 and the winning entry.

2013 IPEd Prize
Read about the IPEd Prize 2013 and the winning entry.

2012 IPEd Prize

Read about  IPEd Prize 2012 and 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 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.

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