The APS Interest Group for Psychoanalytically-Oriented Psychologists invites submissions for the POPIG Psychoanalytic Essay Prize. This prize commemorates the contributions of Kerrie Collings-Silvey, founder of the APS Psychoanalytically-Oriented Psychologists Interest Group (POPIG).


  1. The POPIG Psychoanalytic Essay Prize is the responsibility of the Psychoanalytically-oriented Psychologists Interest Group (POPIG), who will also fund the Award.
  2. POPIG will appoint a selection committee of the State Section Coordinators of POPIG, or their nominees, to be responsible for recommending a recipient for the Award to the Board.
  3. If any State Section Coordinator is author of any paper being nominated, or the supervisor of a student nominating a paper, he or she will be excluded from the selection committee.
  4. The selection committee will be chaired by the National Convenor (or nominee) of POPIG, and it will be his or her responsibility to assemble nominations and circulate them to the selection committee members.
  5. Should the number of nominations make the ordinary procedure of evaluation impractical, some short-listing on the basis of abstracts will take place, at the discretion of the Chair of the selection committee.
  6. The successful candidate will be contacted, and their name will be published in the POPIG online Newsletter.


  1. Nominees need not be members of the Society.
  2. Nominees must be (full-time or part-time) students of:
    1. an Australian University; or 
    2. the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia (PPAA); or
    3. the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA);
    4. an accredited organisation or institution that offers training for psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. 
  3. Nominees must be available to accept the invitation to present their paper at the annual general meeting of POPIG (in person, or by proxy) to be eligible to receive the Award.

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for the POPIG Psychoanalytic Essay Prize will be made on the POPIG page of the Society‟s website and by publication in InPsych.
  2. Nominated papers must be unpublished, but of a publishable quality.
  3. Nominated papers must not exceed 5000 words.
  4. Nominations should be submitted electronically in the manner set out in the call for nominations, by the published deadline.
  5. Nominations should include confirmation of availability to accept an invitation to present the nominated paper at the following annual general meeting of POPIG, whether in person, or by proxy.

Selection criteria

  1. In judging the nominations for the POPIG Psychoanalytic Essay Prize, the selection committee will give each paper a score out of 100 on each of the following criteria:
    1. originality;
    2. relevance to the development of psychoanalytic theory, psychoanalytic clinical practice, or applied psychoanalysis;
    3. enhancement of the standing of psychoanalysis in the community of scholars; and
    4. clarity of written expression, and cogency of argument.
  2. Additionally, the majority of the selection committee must agree that the chosen paper is worthy of publication.

Value of the award

Successful candidates for the POPIG Psychoanalytic Essay Prize will receive:

  1. an award of $1000;
  2. a certificate; and
  3. an invitation to present the paper at the subsequent annual general meeting of POPIG, which is generally conducted at the Society‟s Annual Conference.

Closing date

Nominations close on 31 October

Applicants should email their submissions in Microsoft Word format to  Applicants must include their name, postal address, telephone numbers, and give evidence of their eligibility as students/candidates (see above).

Previous winners


Dr Damien Riggs


Jayne Orr
Experience of angst: Learning psychodynamic psychotherapy


Trudy Clutterbok
Disorganised attachment and dissociation: an interdisciplinary exploration from the position of psychoanalysis and attachment theory


Christopher Caras
The application of brief psychotherapy for the treatment of a man with features of Borderline Personality Disorder: The role of early childhood deprivation