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Nominations now open for the Mackenzie Medal and Rosie Award

Nominations are now open for the Janet Mackenzie Medal and Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award! I strongly urge you to support these awards and the editing profession by nominating an editor whom you feel deserves recognition for their professionalism and commitment.

The Mackenzie Medal is IPEd’s highest honour. IPEd awards the Mackenzie to an outstanding professional editor who has lifted the standard of the editing profession and/or given exemplary service to IPEd. Nominations close 31 October 2022. For nomination instructions, please check out the Mackenzie Medal webpage.

The Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (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 Rosie is awarded biennially, to coincide with the IPEd Editors Conference. The winner receives a cash prize of $4000. For the nomination guidelines and form, please check out the Rosie Award webpage.



Call for conference papers

Calling all workshop presenters and trainers! Do you have a paper or workshop on the challenges and opportunities facing the editing profession? Are you interested in presenting it at the biennial 2023 IPEd conference in May 2023?

Our conference committee is inviting interested individuals to submit abstracts on the theme of “Futureproofing the editing profession”. This theme will be explored via five conference streams, namely: (1) accessibility and usability; (2) collaboration; (3) embracing change and learning new things; (4) technology; and (5) futureproofing different types of editing.

If you’ve got a paper or workshop in mind for the conference, please do submit it. Presenting a paper or delivering a workshop at a conference is the perfect opportunity for you to share what you’ve been working on, your ideas and your skills with a group of enthusiastic editors.

The deadline for submitting your abstract is 22 August 2022. We’ll advise you of the selection outcome by October 2022. We strongly encourage you to refer to the email sent on 27 July 2022, which contains instructions on how to submit the abstract and the required format.

Accessibility Initiative Working Party receives a project grant

Congratulations to our Accessibility Initiative Working Party (AIWP) for being awarded a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund to write and produce a free online guide that will help editors, writers and publishers make their books more accessible to readers with print disability. For more information about this exciting project, please read AIWP Chair Julie Ganner’s report.



IPEd and the Brisbane Writers Festival’s Author/Editor episode #07

On 11 August, episode #07 of our exciting Author/Editor video series will be released.

Tune in to listen to Egyptian-born, Brisbane-based writer Sara El Sayed discuss the collaborative editing and publishing processes involved in creating her acclaimed memoir, Muddy People, with her publisher at Black Inc, Sophy Williams.

Sara is a writer of nonfiction that focuses on her experience as an Egyptian Muslim in Australia. In 2020 she received a Queensland Writers Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award.

Sophy is the international director for Melbourne publisher Black Inc, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She is also a children’s book author.

The Author/Editor series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

To listen to episode #07 or for more information, check out the Brisbane Writers Festival’s website.


Residential Editorial Program

“It felt incredibly indulgent to have that time to talk about books and editing nonstop. It also felt like nothing short of a miracle that in February 2022, after years of lockdowns, REP actually went ahead… I didn’t even book my airport parking until the day before!”

In this issue of Gatherings, please read IPEd member and freelance editor Vanessa Lanaway’s report on her experience at the Residential Editorial Program (REP).

Vanessa was one of 15 mid-career literary book editors who earned a coveted spot at the REP, a week-long mentorship opportunity for 15 mid-career literary book editors to develop a selected manuscript. Run by the Australian Publishers Association, the REP allowed these specially selected participants to take part in a week of mentorship, professional collaboration and advanced training activities at a retreat at Manly, Sydney.

This year, IPEd sponsored a scholarship for a freelance editor to attend the prestigious Residential Editorial Program (REP), with Vanessa being awarded that honour.


Warm regards
Karen Lee