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11th IPEd conference update

We’re assessing the excellent submissions we’ve received for our call for papers, and hope to make some exciting announcements soon.

We’re also in search of corporate sponsors. If you know of a business that may be interested in supporting our conference, who is focused on providing training, collaboration and networking opportunities for editors, and futureproofing the profession, please contact me at


2023 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship

Applications for the 2023 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship close on 15 November. The initiative provides a unique opportunity for a senior Australian editor to develop knowledge and expertise through a research project, and share the findings with peers and the wider industry. For more information, check out this page about the fellowship and suggested topics.


IPEd Student Prize

Are you a tertiary-level editing or publishing student who is particularly proud of a piece of assessment you’ve submitted or are working on this year and wished you could win an award for it? We warmly encourage you to enter your completed assessment piece into the IPEd 2023 Student Prize by Sunday 13 November 2022.

The prize consists of $500, an IPEd membership, subscriptions to the Macquarie dictionary and the Australian manual of style (AMOS) and a copy of The editor’s companion by Janet Mackenzie DE.

The award is open to individual students, and teams if the work is the result of a collaborative team effort. Teams will need to decide on one team leader to administer team entries.


IPEd and the Brisbane Writers Festival’s Author/Editor episode #09

On 10 November, episode #10 of our dynamic Author/Editor video series will be released. This is the final episode in our 2022 series.

HarperCollins’s Head of Fiction, Catherine Milne, is back to chat with award-winning author Holly Ringland. They discuss their collaboration on Holly’s international bestseller and award-winning novel The lost flowers of Alice Hart as well as her upcoming novel, The seven skins of Esther Wilding.

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

To listen to episode #10 or for more information, check out the Brisbane Writers Festival’s website.


Professional development opportunity – conscious language and authenticity reading

Listen to world renowned editor, authenticity reader and ACES Board Director Crystal Shelley discuss microaggressions in editing, using conscious language and best practices for working with clients. If you missed her live Q&A on 12 October, there is still the chance to hear her three recorded sessions until 31 December 2022

Crystal Shelley is the owner of Rabbit with a Red Pen, where she provides editing and authenticity reading services to fiction authors. Drawing on her background as a social worker, she unites her love of language and her passion for social justice by advocating conscious language use and inclusive representation in her editorial work.

In “Microaggressions in editing”, Crystal delves into our identities and biases, how this relates to microaggressions, what this has to do with working with clients, and best practices for learning.

In “Conscious language”, Crystal looks at our role as editors and how it relates to conscious language, what is and isn’t conscious language, and how we apply this to working with our clients.

In “Authenticity reading”, Crystal talks about the power of representation, the ins and outs of authenticity reading and what editors should know about it, and how to become an authenticity reader.

The cost of each session is A$15 for members, A$20 for non-members and A$10 for students and concession members.


Warm regards
Karen Lee