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The ACE | ASG Student Educators Writing Award

Writing the future



The ACE | ASG Student Educators – Writing the future Award is an initiative of the College in partnership with the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG).

This award gives voice to those who are studying to be teachers in Australia.

It will provide the winning undergraduate or postgraduate pre-service teachers with the following professional development opportunities: to present their paper in person at the ACE National Conference; a complimentary registration for the full conference; a one year complimentary AACE membership; to have their paper published in Professional Educator; and to be profiled online and in print.

Submissions are now open and will close 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) Friday 22 July, 2016.

The Award

An initiative of ACE and supported by the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG), this national award will provide the winning pre-service teacher with the following professional development opportunities:


The award competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate, pre-service or teaching students who are:

  • currently enrolled in studying for a pre-service teaching qualification in Australia
  • submitting only one paper (per entrant), that has not been submitted for any other purpose and not have been published elsewhere and is a completely original paper.


Your paper must:

  • engage with this year’s ACE National Conference theme: 'Changes and challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire'
  • be a maximum of 1000 words, including references
  • be submitted in Microsoft Word (not PDF), font type Garamond, font size 12, with 3cm margins all round
  • contain your name and contact details, the university you are attending and the course title and your student identification number in the document header
  • be completely your own writing. Please note papers will be checked for plagiarism
  • be submitted to: by 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) Friday 22 July, 2016.

What are some of other presenters at the ACE 2016 National Conference speaking about?

You are encouraged to provide your thoughts, ideas or perspectives which relate to the ACE 2016 National Conference theme - 'Changes and Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire'.

Please click here to read about what some of our other speakers will be speaking about at the conference.

Please note that this year's conference is also introducing new Career Entrant Special Interest Group Program–a specially curated range of sessions with speakers focussing on issues relevant to professionals in the early stages of their career. Please click here for special registration rates for students and early career delegates.


The winning paper will be selected by a national panel of judges, who are associated with ACE Committees.

The papers via the following criteria, will be judged on a scale of 100 points.

1. The quality of the ideas contained in your paper (total of 50 points available) must:

  • clearly address the theme of the conference - 'Changes and Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire' (25 points)
  • thoroughly discuss your main ideas using examples, observations, studies, experience and activities (25 points).

2. The structure of your paper (total of 30 points available) must:

  • demonstrate correct grammar (10 points)
  • contain well organised ideas (10 points)
  • show evidence of writing craftsmanship, including paragraphing and creative word use (10 points).

3. The overall quality of your paper (total of 20 points available) must:

  • make an impression (5 points)
  • have a high level connection with the judges (15 points).

Points awarded to your paper and the ranking of submissions by the judges will not be made available to you. The information provided here is to assist in your understanding of the criteria and inform the writing of your paper.

Please note the judges’ decision is final and there will be no further correspondence after entrants are advised of their decision. ACE reserves the right not to make an award if submissions are not deemed worthy by the judging panel.

Click here to download flyer about the awards.

For further information:
Paola Ghirelli
ACE Manager, Communications & Publications
T: 03 9035 5758

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