To support and recognise the work of Australian and New Zealand editors, IPEd sponsors and supports several awards.

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).

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.

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.

For more details, please see the nomination guidelines [PDF 88KB], the nomination template [DOCX 19KB], and an outline [PDF 65KB] of the Janet Mackenzie Medal criteria.

The 2020 winner, Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE, was announced in April 2020 and presented with the award in August 2020.

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.



The work in the nomination must have been published within the two years from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020. 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 secretary@iped-editors.org if they have queries as to whether a particular project fits the criteria for nomination.


2017–2018 Rosie

Read about the winning entry of the 20172018 Rosie.


2015–2016 Rosie

Read about the winning entry of the 2015–2016 Rosie.

IPEd Prize

As part of its objective to support and foster research in editing and publishing, IPEd sponsors an annual prize of $250 for a student project written as part of the requirements for a degree in editing, publishing or another discipline with a focus on editing.

In previous years, the prize has been restricted to an essay or paper. Following a review undertaken by the Standing Committee on Awards and Prizes (SCAP), IPEd has revised the scope of the prize.

The revised categories for entries on topics relating to editing and publishing have been expanded to include:

  • article for newspaper/trade publication/website
  • blog post
  • digital or print publishing project (including group work)
  • essay
  • manuscript assessment
  • report to publisher or publishing proposal
  • other student work that fulfils the objective of the IPEd Prize.

    Entries should be submitted to secretary@iped-editors.org by 30 November 2020. Additional supporting material may also be submitted in, for example, URLs or EPUB files.

    Submissions should include a completed entry form. Students are advised to discuss with their course coordinator the suitability of their submission for the IPEd Prize.


    Conditions of entry

    Submissions must:

    • as a guide, be 2000 to 3000 words
    • represent the student’s or students’ own work

    In addition, the student should have sought and received permissions for all copyright material included.

    Submissions are limited to one per candidate.

    You can download an entry form here [DOCX 137KB].

    Judging criteria are that the entry

    • Contains original student work on issues in editing and publishing
    • Is an outstanding example in the chosen category
    • Is engaging, well written, well presented and well edited.

    If you would like more information, please contact Gail Wilson, Chair, Standing Committee on Awards and Prizes scap.chair@iped-editors.org.


    IPEd Prize Winner

    To read the 2021 IPEd Prize winner essay click here [PDF 148KB].

    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.