IPEd National Editors Conference

The 9th IPEd National Editors Conference will be held in Melbourne from Wednesday 8–Friday 10 May 2019.

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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.

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

The Janet Mackenzie Medal – the Mackenzie

IPEd is pleased to announce the inaugural Janet Mackenzie Medal (the Mackenzie), to be awarded to an outstanding professional editor who has lifted the standard of the editing profession and/or given exemplary service to IPEd.

The award honours Janet Mackenzie DE (1947–2018). Janet was an Honorary Life Member (and founding member) of Editors Victoria, and served IPEd in many capacities over many years, including being on the first Standards Working Group, 1998–2001, and most recently on the Style Manual 7th Edition Steering Group, a current working party of IPEd, from which she resigned only weeks before her death.

Nominations for the inaugural Mackenzie opened at the 9th IPEd National Editors Conference in Melbourne on 10 May 2019. The award consists of a medal, an electronic rendering of the medal to be used by the recipient and Honorary Life Membership of IPEd (if the recipient is not already an HLM).

Nominees must be IPEd members and must be nominated by IPEd members. Current members of the IPEd Board, IPEd employees and the administrators of and judges for the award are ineligible for nomination.

The nominating IPEd member will submit a letter in the provided template to IPEd detailing how their nominee fulfils the criteria for the award. As a guide, the letter should be 600–1000 words. The nominator will also recommend three referees who know the nominee so the judges can verify the content of the letter. One referee should be professional (e.g. an employment supervisor or a client) and one should be from IPEd. The third can be either employment or IPEd related, or from another person within the publishing industry.

For more detail, please see the 2019 Janet Mackenzie Medal Nomination guidelines.


The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award: the Rosie

The winner of the inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award – The Rosie – has been announced as Jacqueline Blanchard for her editorial work on All Fall Down, published by University of Queensland Press (UQP).

Jacqueline edited 50,000 words from Matt Condon’s 215,000-word original manuscript of the third book in a non-fiction trilogy chronicling entrenched corruption in the Queensland Police Force from the 1950s.

The award recognises excellence in editing and was launched by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in honour of Rosanne Fitzgibbon, a founding member of the then Society of Editors (Queensland) in 1990. Rosie, as she was known, was also a Distinguished Editor, as recognised by IPEd, and winner of the inaugural Beatrice Davis Fellowship in 1992.

‘The Rosie is a vital step towards greater recognition of editors and the value they bring to the written word,’ said IPEd Chair, Kerry Davies. ‘It also seeks to recognise and champion the traits of a good editor: diplomacy, management skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, research and writing skills, and professionalism and ethics.’

Author Matt Condon has been quick to recognise the impact a good editor has had on his books: ‘I have always believed in the benefits of a “tough” edit and learned very early on that good editors, without exception, improved my work. Jacqueline performed a complicated edit that required losing a lot of extraneous material. Her work was so seamless that I barely recognised the cuts. To me, that’s a great and dedicated editor; it’s all in the alchemy of the hidden carpentry.’

CEO of IPEd, Karen Lee said, ‘It goes to show why editors continue to play a key role despite the changing nature of communications. It shows how adaptable, innovative and vital the profession is.’

Judges for the award were Rosie’s sister, author Marion Halligan, and two of her former colleagues, Craig Munro and Leonie Tyle.

Jacqueline was honoured to accept the award from Marion Halligan – an author she most admires: ‘It is extremely validating to win an award that broadly recognises the unique skill-set that book editors bring to the projects they work on, and publicly acknowledges and rewards that contribution. In the Australian publishing industry it is often remarked that one of the hallmarks of a good edit, and therefore a good editor, is that their work is invisible on the page. The problem for those of us doing this invisible work is that it is hard to put a value on something you cannot see. For book editors, the Rosie is an opportunity to address this imbalance.’

The Rosie was awarded at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference gala dinner on 14 September, which was attended by Rosanne’s three children, her partner Barry Holland, his daughter and her partner.

IPEd Prize

IPEd is now calling for entries for the 2018 IPEd Prize. Entires must be submitted as MS Word documents, double spaced, and sent as email attachments to corporateservices(at)iped-editors(dot)org no later than Monday 14 January 2019. Submission should include a completed entry form.   

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.

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.