[#scicomm-petition] Wellcome Trust & Guardian – Science Writing Prize ??1k +publishment in G, clos 20 May 2011

This is open to people in Ireland and you’re not excluded if you’ve been paid to write but you are if “most of your income comes from writing“.

Further details are available from a piece @AlokJha wrote for The Guardian on the competition and the Wellcome Trust have also written a useful context page. The details below come from the Wellcome Trust’s competition site, where you will find information about how to submit an entry.

I assumed the word ‘publishment’ (see title) was just one of the many words I make up when I can’t quite find what I’m after but no, it’s real.



The Wellcome Trust In association with the ‘Guardian’ and the ‘Observer’
Science Writing Prize 2011

(I have just copied and pasted the text and image in and am sitting gawping at my ‘compose mail’ window because the animation is working which I wasn’t expecting – let’s hope it does so in Posterous – Jo)

Science Writing Prize

About the Prize

This exciting new competition aims to find the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent.

We are looking for short articles that address any area of science and would be suitable for publication in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’. You must demonstrate that you have thought about and understood your audience and can bring a scientific idea to life. The deadline for entries is 20 May 2011.

The judges are looking for originality, bright ideas and a distinctive writing style. Your 800-word article should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society.

Possible areas of science include: medicine, neurology, science education, biomedical science, ageing, nutrition, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, the body, sports sciences, space, genetics, climate change, evolution, energy, infectious diseases, medical humanities, medical history and ethics.


You must be a non-published* writer based in the UK. You can enter in either of two categories, with the winner of each receiving a prize:

a) professional, funded scientists of postgraduate level and above

b) anyone else with a non-professional interest in science (this includes undergraduate students).

* By “published” we are referring to professional journalists and authors who already write for money. We welcome entries from bloggers and student journalists.

What you can win

Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Wellcome Trust on 12 October 2011.

The winning articles from each category will be published in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’. Winners will also receive a ??1000 cash prize.

The top 30 shortlisted entrants will also be invited to attend a science writing workshop at the ‘Guardian’ offices in October 2011.

Judges The judging panel includes comedian Dara O Briain.

Submit an entry Complete our online form and submit your article.
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2 Responses to [#scicomm-petition] Wellcome Trust & Guardian – Science Writing Prize ??1k +publishment in G, clos 20 May 2011

  1. Anonymous says:

    Further information also availalbe from the Wellcome Trust blog http://wellcometrust.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/alok-jha/

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oooh the animation works 🙂 I’m slightly embarrassed that I’m terribly excited by this but there we are.

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