The Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship (BDEF) provides a unique opportunity for a senior Australian editor to develop knowledge and expertise through a research project, and share the findings with peers and the wider industry.
Beatrice Davis AM, MBE was Australia's first full-time book editor
Beatrice Davis AM, MBE was Australia's first full-time book editor

The Fellowship is named after the distinguished literary editor, Beatrice Davis, and honours her contribution to Australian publishing. The Fellowship has been awarded biennially since 1998.

The BDEF involves the Fellow undertaking interviews and other research activity in an overseas market. A research report is then produced and promoted through workshops and presentations, sharing this knowledge and sparking conversation across the industry.

Find details of past fellows below, along with the published research where available. 

Past Fellows

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Annabel Blay

BDEF 2016/17

Annabel Blay, Harlequin

Annabel Blay’s report, 'Developing ourselves, developing our authors: developmental and structural editing of fiction in the US', examines the evolving role of the editor in the publishing industry. Her report focuses on three areas: developing manuscripts, and by extension, the careers of authors; developing editors; and developing platforms, the methods of creating a book that sells. Blay contrasts the practises of the US publishing industry with the Australian publishing industry, exploring the ways in which each method works in its context, as well as suggesting ways we can learn from each other.

Download the full report here.

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