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The Art Therapy New Practitioner Essay Prize

01 June 2016

This Prize is being launched by the British Association of Art Therapists and Routledge. The aim of the competition is to recognise the valuable and sometimes innovative work and ideas of trainees and newly qualified practitioners and to encourage future academic authors.

This Prize is being launched by the British Association of Art Therapists and Routledge. The aim of the competition is to recognise the valuable and sometimes innovative work and ideas of trainees and newly qualified practitioners and to encourage future academic authors. The Prize will be awarded for the best original essay submitted on any topic relevant to the theory and/or practice of art therapy.

The following criteria apply:

The essay must be on a topic relevant to the clinical practice of art therapy and include research and theory to evidence it.
The essay must be entirely the entrant's own work.
The essay must be written in English.
The Essay must be between 3000 words (minimum) and 5000 words (maximum).
The entrant must be a full-time or part time, pre- or post-registration art therapy student during the academic year (2016/17), or have been a full-time or part time pre- or post student during the previous academic year (2015/16).
The entrant must be a member of the British Association of Art Therapists at the time of submission and award.
The entrant should not previously have published in International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape.
The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with the 'instructions for authors ' for International Journal of Art Therapy:Inscape. This is on the IJAT:Inscape page of the Taylor and Francis Journals site, which may be accessed via the members' section of the BAAT website.

As per the instructions for authors, any client personal data, e.g. images, must have written consent for its inclusion if the essay is to be published. This should also include consent to publish online.

Entries which do not comply with the above criteria may not be considered. The closing date for the 2016 Art Therapy New Practitioners Essay Prize will be 31st December 2016. The competition winner will receive a cash prize of £500 awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists and £100 pounds worth of Routledge publications. The winning essay will also be published in the International of Art Therapy: Inscape subject to approval by the Editorial Board. A panel jointly appointed by the British Association of Art Therapists and chaired by the editor of the International Journal of Art Therapy:Inscape will judge the papers. The panel's decision will be final. If, in the view of the judges, none of the submissions are of the required standard the prize will not be awarded.

Submission details and the 2015 winning essay by Joy Chong can be found here