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Art Therapy New Practitioner & Early Career Researcher Prizes 2020-2022

31 January 2020

The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape (IJAT) is delighted to announce the addition of an Early Career Researcher Prize to run alongside the New Practitioner Prize. These biennial Prizes are awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Routledge Publishers. The aim of the competitions is to celebrate valuable and innovative work produced by trainees, newly qualified practitioners and early career researchers and to encourage future authors of original art therapy literature.


The closing date for the 2020-2022 Art Therapy New Practitioner & Early Career Researcher Prizes is 31st Jan 2021.

The Prizes will be awarded for the best original research-informed practice paper written by a New Practitioner and research paper written by an Early Career Researcher. Papers can be submitted on any topic relevant to art therapy practice and research.


The following criteria apply: 

The closing date for the 2020-2022 Art Therapy New Practitioner & Early Career Researcher Prizes is 31st Jan 2021.

Practitioner entrants must be currently enrolled on an Art Therapy Masters or within 3 years of graduation.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) entrants must be currently enrolled on a MA/MSc/MRes/MPhil/PhD or within 3 years of graduation.

If an entrant is living or studying within the UK, they must be a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) at the time of submission and award. International entrants do not have to be members of BAAT, but are more than welcome to join as Associate Members here

Both ECR research papers and New Practitioner research-informed practice papers must follow the IJAT instructions for authors (which can be found here) and include:
• Title with prefix of ‘New Practitioner Prize’ or ‘ECR Prize
• A topic relevant to the clinical practice of art therapy
• Entirely the entrant's own work or co-written with service users
• A statement to confirm that the author has given informed written consent to publish any client personal data included in the paper
• Structured abstract and plain language summary
• References to recent and significant literature that informed your thinking
• Reflection on economic and socio-cultural contexts whenever relevant
• The paper must be written in plain English and avoid professional jargon (include clear explanations if this is unavoidable)
• Word limit of 3000-5000 words, excluding abstract, plain language summary & references

For ECR research papers:
• Ethics approval
• A clear outline of epistemology/methodology
• Methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Limitations
• Implications for practice
• Future research
• Conclusion with a summary of the contribution of the paper
 
For New Practitioner research-informed practice papers:
• An introduction outlining the rational for the practice approach with references to recent research or significant literature
• A main section with a clear description of the practice including clinical reasoning, any evaluation which was conducted, and clients’ and carers’ views or feedback 
• An ‘Implications for research’ section 
• Conclusion with a summary of the contribution of the paper
 
Please submit the paper via the 'Submit an article' button at the top of the IJAT website here.

Please note that entries which do not comply with the above criteria will not be considered.


Judging

A judging panel of Lead Associate Editors (Helen Jury, Anna Playle), Associate Editors (Jamie Bird and Liz Ashby) and the previous Prize winner (Rachel Preston) will be chaired by the Co-Editors-in-Chief (Susan Carr, Alex McDonald). The panel's decision will be final. If, in the view of the judges, none of the submissions are of the required standard the Prizes will not be awarded.

The judging criteria for the papers will include:
 

• Quality of writing                                                          
• Quality of content                                                          
• Significance to field of art therapy
• Appropriate referencing                                                            
• What is outstanding about the paper
• What would need further work to meet IJAT publishing standards
  

Awards

The competition winners will receive cash prizes of £300 each awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and £100 pounds each worth of Routledge publications. Two runners-up for each Prize will receive a free 1-day BAAT CPD course. All competition winners (including runners-up) will receive writing mentorships from IJAT Associate Editors and their papers will be published in IJAT subject to approval by the Editorial Board.

The winners will be expected to be present at the Prize giving (unless there are extenuating circumstances) and work with Taylor & Francis author services to disseminate their papers to encourage and inspire others.
  

 

Past Prize winners

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

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

The 2018-2020 winning essay by Rachel Preston can be found here