The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize
In association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer'
The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2013 is now closed.
Shortlisted entrants will be notified by August 2013 and the winners will be announced in September 2013.
The information provided here is for reference only.
About the Prize
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 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.
Last year's winners
- In category A (professional scientists of postgraduate level and above): Adam Kucharski, ‘In need of a number’.
- In category B (anyone else with a non-professional interest in science, including undergraduates): Cassie Barton, ‘The smell of music’.
- Catherine Hess was highly commended in category A for her piece ‘As easy as riding a bicycle?’
You must be a non-published* writer based in the UK, RoI, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man 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.
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.