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The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014
In association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer'

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer', is now closed.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners:

Category A (professional scientists of postgraduate level and above):

‘Don’t say cheese, say cheeks’ by Richard Stephens

Category B (anyone with a non-professional interest, including undergraduates)

‘Prosopagnosia – a common problem, commonly overlooked’ by Kate Szell

Download our PDF to read the 2014 shortlisted entries [1.94MB].

About the Prize

Year after year this prestigious competition continues to attract hundreds of bright, promising, non-professional science writers, providing a springboard to develop their careers.

We are looking for short articles that address any area of science and which 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 that you 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 the potential to encourage the general public to consider, question and debate key issues in science and society.


To enter you must be a non-published* writer based in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. There are separate categories for:

1. professional scientists of postgraduate level and above

2. anyone else with a non-professional interest in science (including undergraduate science students).

The winner of each category will receive a prize.

* By 'published' writers we mean 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 ceremony in October 2014.

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

You can download our free PDF booklet with this year’s shortlisted entries.

Judges The 2014 judging panel includes Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust.
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