Branch events

The branches of IPEd host workshops, seminars, member meetings and other events that are open to all IPEd members. Information and booking details for these are listed on the Events page of this website.

IPEd Conference

The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, 'Advancing our Profession' will be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September, 2017. More information and registration is available on the conference website. Follow us on Twitter @IPED_Conf

To support and recognise the work of Australian editors, IPEd sponsors and supports a number of awards, details listed below.

The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award - the Rosie

Editors Queensland, a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), is initiating an IPEd award for editorial excellence in Rosanne Fitzgibbon’s memory – the Rosie. The first Rosie Award will be conducted in 2017, with the winner announced at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, Brisbane, 13–15 September 2017.

The Rosie honours the memory of Rosanne Fitzgibbon DE (1947–2012), a distinguished editor of literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as of scholarly work in literary studies, and the recipient of the inaugural Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 1992. ‘Rosie’, as she was known, gave generously to her authors and to her profession, serving in many roles in many organisations.

The Rosie is an award to recognise excellence in editing, as demonstrated in one work, with testimony from author, publisher and editor. The nomination can come from any of the parties.

The nominated work may be a fiction or non-fiction published work in any genre, or another substantial body of work. Potential nominees are urged to contact the IPEd Secretary at if they have queries as to whether a particular project fits the criteria for nomination.

The Rosie will be awarded biennially, in the year of the IPEd National Editors Conference (alternate years to the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, also sponsored by IPEd).

An editor may be nominated for more than one project in a given year and may be nominated in multiple years, provided the nominations are for different editorial relationships.

The nomination process is in two parts:
1. an initial short nomination, 1 March 2017, from which the judges will select a long-list of nominees by the end of March
2. a more detailed nomination, involving short written commentaries from author, publisher and editor, which long-listed nominees will be asked to submit by the end of May.

Short-listed nominees will be announced in mid- to late August. The inaugural Rosie will be awarded at the conference dinner, Thursday 14 September 2017.

The winner of the Rosie will receive a cash prize of $4000.

For more detail, please see the Nomination guidelines.

IPEd Prize

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 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. 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.

2016 IPed Prize

Read about the IPEd Prize 2016 and the winning entry.

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.

Find an editor

IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.