Best Australian Science Writing 2016: Call for entries

Jo Chandler


Entries are open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2016 anthology. 

Scientists are explorers, adventurers. The Magellans and Columbuses of biology, geology, medicine, physics; atmospherics, botany, chemistry, technology, mathematics. Some journey out to the fringes of the universe, others travel deep into our DNA.

Those of us who write about science get to stowaway on the voyage. When we write powerfully, we bring our readers and audiences with us.

It’s exhilarating stuff. More than that, it is imperative. Whatever the problem, personal or planetary, science holds the promise of an explanation, if not a solution. Telling true tales of science underwrites public and political understanding of how science works, and why we must invest in, listen to, and cherish our scientists and their institutions.

I’m thrilled to be editing the Best Australian Science Writing 2016 for NewSouth, the next edition of an epic series showcasing our best work, providing a resource where we can find inspiration, recognition, competition!

Submissions are now open. The criteria? Great writing, robust science.

We’re casting the net wide. You might be a student or a seasoned hack. You might be a blogger or a poet (or both), or an author. We want newspaper articles, book extracts, essays, longform and punchy snack-size pieces. Together they will become a blockbuster compendium of intrigue, humour, investigation, character, elation, frustration, creativity, narrative, news, and maybe even a little controversy.

Published pieces must have appeared in print or online in 2015 or 2016  but not in an earlier BASW anthology, and the closing date for submissions is 31 March 2016. Pieces in-press will also be considered. Please submit your work for consideration via scienceprize[at]newsouthpublishing[dot]com and please feel free to contact that email address for any other information.

Entries published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 will also be eligible for Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, which offers a first prize of $7000 and two runner-up prizes of $1500 each. To download a Bragg Prize entry form, click here