Best Australian Science Writing 2018: Call for entries

John Pickrell


UPDATE: Entries are now closed. The winners will be announced in October 2018. 

Entries are open for the Bragg Prize and the Best Australian Science Writing 2018

Calling all science journalists, editors, academics and other wordsmiths – it’s that time of year again when you need to think about which stories, essays, chapters, poems and other expertly crafted pieces of writing to submit for The Best Australian Science Writing anthology.

Now in its eighth year, this celebrated collection of writing has become the go-to place to discover the best prose on all fields of science.  

The world of science is overflowing with fascinating narratives. Effective storytellers – with a flair for clear, compelling, colourful writing – play a vital role in bringing these tales to life. 

With growing disregard for thoroughly reported stories and factual information in general – as well as continuing climate scepticism – there’s never been a more important time for great science writing that’s accurate and easy to understand, but also a pleasure to read.

Here in Australia, we are feeling the effects of climate change in the form of devastation to the Great Barrier Reef and heatwaves, droughts and bushfires that grow in extent and intensity with each passing year. Journalists, now more than ever, are needed to bring these threats and impacts to public attention and hold our politicians to account.

As the editor of the Best Australian Science Writing 2018 I look forward to reading all your excellent writing on the environment and science policy – and also on every other discipline from cosmology, robotics and quantum computing to conservation biology, energy and medicine.

Entries are now open and can take many forms – please surprise and delight me with your unusual submissions! We are happy to consider news and feature stories, essays, opinion pieces, blogs, book excerpts, scripts, poetry and more. Even if you’re not a seasoned journalist, don’t be afraid to submit – we’re looking for writing from researchers, students, bloggers, authors and poets too.

A few rules: Published pieces must have appeared in print or online in 2017 or 2018 – but not in an earlier BASW anthology, and the closing date for submissions is 31 March 2018. Authors must be Australian residents or Australian citizens living overseas. Pieces in press, but not yet published 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 queries too.

Entries published between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 will also be eligible for the 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.