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IJAT Prizes 2020-2022: 'New Practitioner Art Therapy Practice Paper' & 'Early Career Researcher Art Therapy Research Paper'

31 January 2020

The International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape (IJAT) is delighted to announce the addition of an Early Career Researcher Art Therapy Research Paper Prize to run alongside the New Practitioner Practice Paper 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.

Deadline for submissions: 31st Jan 2021.

The Prizes will be awarded for the best original 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 Prizes is 31st Jan 2021.

New Practitioner entrants must be currently enrolled on an Art Therapy Masters or within 3 years of graduation (since graduation of summer 2017).

Early Career Researcher (ECR) entrants must be currently enrolled on an MA/MSc/MRes/MPhil/PhD or within 3 years of graduation (since graduation of summer 2017).

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 practice papers must follow the IJAT instructions for authors and use the appropriate template (which can be found here). All  papers must also 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 written informed consent to publish any client data included in the paper
• References to recent and significant literature
• 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)
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.


A judging panel of Lead Associate Editors (Helen Jury, Ali Coles), Associate Editors (Liz Ashby, Jamie Bird, Johanna Czamanski-Cohen, Anna Playle, Patricia St John Tager) 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


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.

Information about the Prizes can be found here


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


How to get involved with IJAT

Keep up to date with the latest art therapy articles published in IJAT by setting up email alerts here

Follow IJAT on Twitter @IJATInscape

Join in with the conversation using the hashtag - we'd love to hear which #IJATInscape papers have influenced your practice or research?

Become an IJAT Peer Reviewer by booking on training here

Submit a paper using the IJAT templates for research and practice papers here

IJAT is published by BAAT and Taylor & Francis