Stanner Award questions

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Parts of my thesis have previously been published, can I still submit to the award?
Yes, as long as no more than 20 per cent of the total work has been previously published. In previous years the Stanner Award has allowed for just 10 per cent of a thesis to have been published. This is the first year AIATSIS are changing this requirement, in recognition of the demand on academics to publish broadly and often.

My university requires me to place my thesis in their online repository, can I submit it to the award?
Yes. AIATSIS will be accepting theses that have been disseminated in this form. We recognise that most institutions now require students to do this, so we’ve amended our Conditions of Entry. However, any other forms of online publication must still adhere to the rule of being no more than 20 per cent of the total work.

How can I submit my thesis?
Entries MUST be in hardcopy, electronic submissions will not be accepted. You could send it through the post (see the Entry Form for the address) or drop it off in person at the AIATSIS building which is located on Acton Peninsula, Lawson Crescent.

I’m the editor of a collection of writings/an anthology. Can I enter it into the award?
No, collected writings or anthologies will not be accepted. Three writers for one manuscript is the maximum number acceptable for the Award.

What do you mean by a scholarly manuscript?
A scholarly manuscript in the area of Australian Indigenous studies is one which is underpinned by research and/or theorising which would derive from or be expected of someone undertaking postgraduate work, either at the MA or PhD level. More often these types of manuscripts are intended for an academically informed audience, though it is possible for authors to attract a general readership as well.

What kind of referees are you looking for?
Your referees must be Indigenous Australians who meet the criteria for Indigeneity set out in the Conditions of Entry, and can confirm that you meet those three criteria as well. Referees must also be able to provide proof that they are a current board member of an Indigenous community organisation.

Can I submit a thesis?
Yes, you can submit a thesis. While normally publishers don’t accept theses for publishing, it is expected that the mentoring and editorial support provided as part of the prize will allow the author to produce a publishable manuscript.

I’ve never submitted my work to an award before. Do you have any advice for me?
Firstly, make sure your manuscript is produced to the highest standards possible. Check it (or have someone else check it) for spelling and grammatical mistakes. Then follow the instructions provided in the Conditions of Entry.

For background knowledge you might like to read the information provided on the ASP website. That information provides an overview of publishing with Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP), or what you might expect if your manuscript won the Stanner Award and/or you were published by ASP.

Do I need to seek copyright permission/s before I submit my entry?
Not at this stage. If you win the Award, or ASP makes an offer to publish your manuscript, the contract you sign with ASP for publication will spell out your responsibilities regarding copyright clearances for publication. For further information on this issue, please go to the Copyright Permissions section of the site.

Why can’t I put my/our name/s on the manuscript? Won’t that be confusing?
We want to ensure that the judges are able to make fair and unbiased judgments about the merits of the manuscripts submitted. To facilitate that, ASP will use a numbering system to track the manuscripts through the judging process. That’s also why we ask entrants to insert the name of their thesis in to the header or footer of every page.

Will you provide feedback on my entry?
ASP staff will not be involved in the judging process and won’t be in a position to provide feedback. The judges may choose to release some comments on the shortlist and the winner, but unsuccessful entrants will not receive direct feedback.

Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2016