*Competition* Wellcome Trust + Guardian/Observer, Science Writing Prize, £1000 for winner, clos 28 April 2013

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This will eventually mean that if you click on “£25k to £30k” you’ll find all the jobs that I’ve categorised so far as being of that salary. My aim is that someone looking for their next (or next again) job can see the relevant job descriptions and person specifications that jobs at that level require – ie, a bit of forward planning. Even if the job closed over a year ago the job description still contains useful information. I like to think that future internet archaeologists will get something out of this arrangement too 🙂

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

Building on the success of the last two years, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2013. This is your opportunity to join the next generation of science writers.

We are looking for short articles that address any area of science and would be suitable for publication in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’ in print and online. 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 28 April 2013.

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.

Submit an entry

Last year’s winners


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

See our frequently asked questions and answers

What you can win

Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges and will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in October 2013.

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

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