Winner of the IPEd Prize 2014

Posted on: 23 March 2015

The winner of the IPEd Prize 2014 is Brenda Gurr for her essay ‘Breaking the rules: editing with prescription and description’. The paper was written as part of a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland.

The essay, in the style of a blog post, puts forward the view that editors should use both prescriptive and descriptive approaches to language in their work. It discusses aspects of the history of English grammar and the problems with enforcing grammatical rules, as well as considering the relevance of teaching grammar to today’s school students.

The judges’ comments included that the essay was highly engaging, accessible, interesting and entertaining, and felt that the informal, rather breezy prose was attractive.

Brenda Gurr’s prize-winning essay is available on the IPEd website.

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