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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2012


Do you like telling stories? Can you take a seemingly bland science topic and transform it in to something special - something that leaps from the page or computer screen? Then this is for you.

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize returns for 2012, building on the enormous success of last year's competition. The prestigious competition is open to non-published writers in the UK and Ireland who may or may not have a science background. Articles have an 800-word limit and can address any area of science and would be suitable for publication in print or online in the 'Guardian' or the 'Observer'. According to their website, the judges, which include Rob Ince and our very own Liz Bonnin, are looking for "originality, bright ideas and a clear writing style. Your article should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society". Entries are submitted online and you have a week left to enter - the closing date is Wednesday April 25th. For more information on the rules and regulations click here.

There are some nice prizes on offer. The winning articles will be published in the 'Guardian' or the 'Observer' and 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 September 2012. If you're looking for inspiration check out last year's winning entries: Penny Sarchet for her article ‘Death by hypochondria: the nocebo effect’ and  Tess Shellard for her article ‘Bacteria and the power of teamwork’.

The video below might prove useful for prospective applicants. In this excellent video (produced by the Wellcome Trust), veteran science journalist, Tim Radford, tells us the 'three great stories in science' and explains what is, and is not, important when reporting science to the masses.