To support and recognise the work of Australian and New Zealand editors, IPEd offers several awards to members and students, and is a sponsor of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship.
The Janet Mackenzie Medal – the Mackenzie
IPEd awards the Janet Mackenzie Medal (the Mackenzie) 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.
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).
Only IPEd Professional Members are eligible for this award. Award selection is based on a written nominator statement from an IPEd member, three written referee letters of support and the nominee’s three-page CV.
Current members of the IPEd Board, IPEd employees, award judges and administrators of the award are ineligible for nomination.
Nominators need to let their nominee know they intend to nominate them for the Mackenzie Medal. If the nominee agrees to be nominated, they should provide the nominator with their CV, IPEd membership number and the names and contact details of potential referees (see below) who could support the nomination. The nominee, referees or others contacted should keep their knowledge about the nomination confidential; IPEd may announce the nominees as part of the process once nominations have closed.
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 supply the names of 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 work or IPEd related, or from another person within the publishing industry.
Download the 2022 Nomination Instructions.
Nominations close 30 November 2021.
The 2021 winner, Edwin (Ted) Briggs AE, was announced in May 2021.
The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the Rosie)
The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the Rosie) for editorial excellence honours the memory of Rosanne Fitzgibbon DE (1947–2012) — a distinguished editor of literary fiction, nonfiction and scholarly work in literary studies, as well as the inaugural recipient of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, in 1992.
The Rosie recognises excellence in editing, as demonstrated in one published work, with testimony from the work’s author, publisher and editor. Nominations for the award can come from any of these parties. The winner of the Rosie receives a cash prize of $4000.
Editors Queensland, a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), initiated the Rosie, which was first awarded at the 8th IPEd Editors Conference, Brisbane, in 2017.
For the next Rosie award (awarded in 2023), the work in the nomination must have been published within the two years from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. Examples of eligible works include a book, a website, a series of books (with a single editor), a monograph series.
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 may be a published work of fiction or nonfiction in any genre or another substantial body of published work. The Rosie is awarded biennially, in line with the year of the IPEd Editors Conference.
IPEd encourages both freelance and in-house editors, publishers and authors to consider the range of projects that could be eligible for this award.
Please refer to the nomination guidelines [PDF 107KB] for specific dates and criteria.
Potential nominees are urged to contact the IPEd Administration and Board Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have queries as to whether a particular project fits the criteria for nomination.
IPEd Student Prize
The IPEd Student Prize acknowledges excellent work by a student of editing. The prize is open to any tertiary-level student enrolled in an editing or publishing program at a New Zealand or Australian tertiary institution. The prize is awarded annually for a piece of work submitted as part of the requirements for a tertiary-level qualification in editing, publishing or another discipline with a focus on editing.
The 2022 IPEd Prize is for work submitted for assessment in 2021.
The prize consists of:
- one IPEd membership (either associate or student) for one year
- one subscription to the Macquarie Dictionary for one year
- one subscription to the Australian Manual of Style (AMOS) for one year
- one copy of The Editor’s Companion, by Janet Mackenzie DE.
Entry is open for work completed as part of the student’s course that demonstrates editing skills or work that reflects on issues relevant to the editing profession. Entries could include:
- edited manuscripts (structural or copy edits) for any type of publication (such as book chapters, articles, trade publications, blogs, websites or reports)
- editing portfolios (such as a collection of shorter edited pieces)
- publishers’ reports or manuscript assessments
- academic essays and research papers focused on issues relevant to the editing profession
- blog post or article for newspaper/trade publication/website, focused on issues relevant to the editing profession.
Submissions open from 13 September to 14 November
Expressions of interest in judging open from 4 to 24 October
Winners will be announced in the first quarter of 2022.
If you would like more information, please contact Nicole Mathers, IPEd Administration and Board Secretariat, email@example.com.
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.