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The BDPS Prizes

All members are encouraged to submit articles topical and of interest in light of the $3,000 essay prize to be awarded annually to the author(s) of an original essay on construction law, building disputes or closely related topics which are published in the BDPS News during the 12 months prior to the BDPS Annual Dinner each year.

In addition, the BDPS is offering a “BDPS Student Prize” in the sum of $1,000 to the author or joint authors of the best article being an original essay on construction law, building disputes or closely related topics which are published in the BDPS News during the 12 months prior to the BDPS Annual Dinner each year.

To be eligible for the BDPS Student Prize, an author (or joint authors) must be a “student”, being a person enrolled in a tertiary institute at the time the article is submitted to the Editor for consideration for publication and must provide the Editor of the BDPS News with satisfactory documentation evidencing enrolment in a Tertiary Institute. While it is not a condition for eligibility that the student must be a member of the BDPS to qualify for the prize, the BDPS are always delighted to accept applications for membership, particularly from those undertaking further education.

The following eligibility criteria apply for the BDPS prizes:

  • The essay(s) must be an original and substantial work of no more than approximately 5,000 words.
  • The essay(s) must not have been submitted for and/or published elsewhere.
  • The author/s must be current financial members of the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society Inc. for the $3,000 essay prize.
  • The article(s) must be published in the BDPS News from and including the 12 months prior to the BDPS Annual Dinner to be considered for the BDPS prize.

A Judging Panel consisting of the President, the Secretary and the Editor will select the winning essays. In the case of a conflict of interest, a substitute member of the judging panel will be nominated by the Treasurer.

The Judging Panel has absolute discretion in selecting the winners of the Prizes, including as to the eligibility and whether the BDPS Prizes will or will not be awarded.

The Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society Inc. reserves absolutely the right to amend the rules of the BDPS Prizes without prior notice or explanation.

The BDPS Prizes will be announced and presented at the Annual Dinner.

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