Best Australian Science Writing 2017: Call for entries

Michael Slezak


Entries are open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2017 anthology. 

Science uncovers the secrets of the universe. But it is science writing that shines a light on those discoveries, and the activity of science itself, opening it up to the eager eyes of the general public.

Science writers can tell breathtaking tales of discovery or mind-boggling stories of continuing mysteries. We can wonder readers with descriptions of the lengths to which scientists go to acquire data, just as we can delight audiences with the serendipity so often involved in big breakthroughs.

Just as importantly, science journalism can and must break news – perhaps uncovering a new line of research before it is in scientific journals or reporting on political actions that impact science. It can uncover malfeasance in the practice of science and it can apply a scientific outlook to current affairs.

But the variety of important science writing doesn’t stop there. Poets, philosophers, bloggers, activists, songwriters and novelists all write about science and its impact on the world.

And we want all of it.

Best Australian Science Writing 2017 is now seeking submissions.

Almost anything could be eligible – it just needs to be the best. It can be short, long, deep or light-hearted. It can be written by a scientist or a philosopher, a journalist or a blogger. It might be an essay, a short news report or a book extract.

Published pieces must have appeared in print or online in 2016 or 2017 – but not in an earlier BASW anthology, and the closing date for submissions is 31 March 2017.

The finished product will be a treasure trove of diverse pieces that will delight, dismay, inform and mystify. It will be a timeless collection, but also one very much of the time.

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 2016 and 31 March 2017 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