The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011

The hunt is on for the next generation of talented science writers with the launch of the inaugural Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer'.

The new competition invites UK-based, non-professional science writers to submit short articles of no more than 800 words that address an area of science in an accessible way. The article should be suitable for publication in the Guardian or the Observer and on their respective websites.

The articles should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society. Both traditional newspaper features and web-based features that use the medium in an innovative and appropriate way will be considered.

The winners will have their work printed in the Guardian or the Observer, receive a £1,000 cash prize and benefit from a science writing workshop at the Guardian.

The judges are looking for originality, bright ideas and a distinctive writing style. Entrants must demonstrate that they have thought about and understood their audience: the curious public.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: the first is for professional, funded scientists of postgraduate level and above, and the second is open to anyone with a non-professional interest in science, including undergraduate students.

The judging panel includes: Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media; Robin McKie, Science and Technology Editor for the Observer; Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust; and Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust. The panel will be chaired by Dara O Briain, producer, television presenter and stand-up comedian.

For more information, visit the Wellcome website.

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