The Best Australian Science Writing 2020: Call for entries

Sara Phillips


One summer holiday, I got hold of a real page-turner. A John Grisham lay abandoned on the coffee table as I devoured Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh. This is a book about pure mathematics and on surface value would not seem to be the stuff of which ripping yarns are made. But I couldn’t put it down. It goes to show how a fascinating science story, well told, can eclipse even the most broadly palatable fiction.  

The best science writing unearths those story gems and polishes them in a way that is engaging for us all. We thrill to discovery, or sob with environmental loss, or vibrate at the potential of the future. Good science writing is both intellectually gripping and emotionally stirring.

Now is the time for all writers to present their best pieces for consideration in the The Best Australian Science Writing 2020

Essays, features, news stories, blogs, book extracts, opinion pieces: I’m interested in various forms of journalism and non-fiction writing. A selection of poetry on various scientific disciplines has featured in the collection in recent years and I’d like to see more. I’m looking for the best writing from professional writers, authors, scientists and people from a diversity of employment backgrounds who write about science history and research. 

Now in its 10th year, the annual collection of science stories showcases the depth and range of science writing in Australia. Scientific advance underpins most of our modern lives and science writing shines a light onto how those advances came to be; onto the quiet Australians whose cognitive hard yakka explains the world to us. 

Conditions for entry are that pieces must have been published in print or online in Australia or globally between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2020. Authors must be Australian residents or Australian citizens living overseas. The closing date for entries is 31 March 2020. 

Entries published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 will also be eligible for the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing, which offers a first prize of $7000 and two runner-up prizes of $1500 each. 

Please submit your work for consideration via and please feel free to contact that email address for any other information.

To download a Bragg Prize entry form, click here