Could you emerge as an undiscovered science writing talent? A new competition is 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 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.
Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges and will be presented at a ceremony at the Wellcome Trust on 12 October 2011. Winning articles from each category 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 October 2011.