Stanner Award conditions of entry

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Who may enter

The award is open to Indigenous Australians over 18 years of age who have written a scholarly manuscript in the area of Australian Indigenous studies, as broadly understood, which does not include fiction and poetry. Authors will be required to warrant the following:

  • Manuscripts must be the original work of the author or authors and not infringe the rights of others.
  • All authors must be Indigenous Australians; and a maximum of three authors may have collaborated on the manuscript. Collections will not be accepted.
  • Authors may have been published before, but the manuscript they are submitting can not have been previously published in whole or in part (where that part constitutes over 20 per cent of the manuscript). For this award, ‘published’ does not include the mandatory appearance of the PhD on your university’s repository. Please supply a list of publications that draw on the content of your thesis when submitting (see entry form).

For the purposes of these conditions of entry for the Stanner Award, an Indigenous Australian means:

  • a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • is accepted as such by the community in which s/he lives or has lived.

Authors’ claims to Indigeneity are to be supported by supplying one of two things: a Confirmation of Aboriginality form certified by an Indigenous community organisation where the executive committee is required to be made up of at least 75% Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander membership; OR the name and contact details of two authorised referees who can support the author’s claim against the criteria, are themselves able to meet this criteria, and are current board members of an Indigenous community organisation. Referees must be contactable on these details between 31 January 2019 and 30 June 2019.

AIATSIS staff and visiting researchers who meet the above criteria may enter the award. AIATSIS Council and Research Advisory Committee members may not enter the award. Previous winners of the Stanner Award cannot submit new manuscripts to subsequent awards. Previous entrants, but non-winners of the Stanner Award can submit new manuscripts to subsequent awards. Previously submitted entries from one year cannot be submitted to subsequent awards.

Submitted manuscripts will be deemed ineligible if the author/s’ warranties (promises) are found to be untrue.


Manuscripts submitted must meet the following criteria:

  • Manuscripts MUST adhere to the formatting requirements provided.
  • Manuscripts must not have been published previously (in whole or in part where that part constitutes more than 20 per cent of the manuscript, this clause does not apply to a thesis appearing on a university repository), or be under consideration by other publishers or currently entered into other awards. Aboriginal Studies Press will have the right to consider for publication all manuscripts submitted for the award, and will advise authors of the outcome by no later than 30 June 2017, at which point authors will be free to submit their manuscripts elsewhere.
  • Authors may submit only one entry, whether as an individual author, or as one of up to three joint-authors.
  • Manuscripts must be longer than 60,000 words, but not exceed 140,000. All preliminary and endmatter material must be included in the submission, and they will form part of the total word count.
  • Manuscripts previously submitted to past Stanner Awards will not be eligible, however, manuscripts previously submitted to other publishers for publication will be eligible.
  • A numbering system will be used to ensure judging is anonymous and therefore based on the merit of an individual manuscript. For this reason, author/s names should appear on the entry form only, and nowhere else.

Manuscripts must meet these Conditions of Entry, as failure to do so will result in the manuscript being deemed ineligible for the Award.


  • Three judges will assess the manuscripts on the following (in no particular order):
    • scholarly merit;
    • the importance of the manuscript’s contribution to the advancement of knowledge of the subject matter;
    • the capacity of the manuscript to promote, and contribute to, a greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander intellectual traditions, cultures and identities; and
    • the capacity to be read by a broad audience, when edited.
  • All majority decisions by the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judges may choose not to award a prize if insufficient entries are received of appropriate standard.
  • Judges will be selected for their expertise and past experience. ASP staff will act as administrators only and will not be involved in the judging of any manuscripts.
  • Judges have the discretionary ability to assign commendations to those manuscripts they deem of exceptional quality.

The Award

  • The Award will be made every two years.
  • Aboriginal Studies Press will have the first option to consider all manuscripts for possible publication. Publication of any manuscript submitted to the award is conditional on agreeing to a contract on the publisher’s normal terms.
  • As part of the prize, the winner of the Award will be required to work collaboratively with an experienced mentor/editor of Aboriginal Studies Press’s choosing.
  • Winning authors will be expected to participate in media activities associated with the Award. Commended authors may be required to do the same. AIATSIS will meet the reasonable costs of attendance at these events.
  • The winner will be awarded the following:
    • $5000 prize money;
    • a glass sculpture by award-winning artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, inscribed with their name;
    • mentoring and editorial support (up to 50 hours), in order to bring the manuscript to a publishable standard;
    • out-of-pocket expenses the winner may incur in maintaining contact with their editor, up to the value of $500 (not including travel or accommodation); and
    • publication of their manuscript by Aboriginal Studies Press.


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Last reviewed: 18 Jan 2019