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The Art Therapy New Practitioner Essay Prize 2018-2020

12 April 2018

This biennial Prize is awarded 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 closing date for the 2018-2020 Art Therapy New Practitioners Essay Prize will be 31st December 2018

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) excluding references.
  • The entrant must be an art therapy trainee or have graduated no earlier than 2016.
  • The entrant must be a member of the British Association of Art Therapists at the time of submission and award. (UK and international trainees/newly qualified art therapists are all welcome to join BAAT here)
  • The entrant should not previously have published in International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape.
  • The Essay title must be prefixed with 'Essay Prize:'
  • The Essay should be prepared in accordance with the 'Instructions for authors' for International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape which can be found here
  • 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.
  • Please submit the Essay via the 'Submit an article' button at the top of the IJAT website here

Entries which do not comply with the above criteria may not be considered.

The 2018-2020 Prize will be judged by: Co-Editors-in-Chief - Alex McDonald & Susan Carr; Essay Prize Associate Editors - Joy Chong & Helen Jury; Associate Editors - Jamie Bird and Liz Ashby.

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 editors 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.

The 2014-2016 winning essay by Joy Chong can be found here

The 2016-2018 winning essay by Sian Stott can be found here

 You can download these tips by clicking on the PDF: 2018 ESSAY_TIPS.pdf