Science in Society Journalism Awards
To Enter: Read details and Rules below then use the link in the menu to create your entry and complete all steps of the online entry process by 11:59PM Eastern on February 1, 2018. Your entry is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.
NASW established the Science in Society awards to provide recognition — without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest — for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on modern society. NASW especially encourages entries of critical, probing pieces that would not receive an award from a special interest group. Beginning with the first award in 1972, winners have demonstrated innovative reporting that goes well beyond the science itself and into ethical problems and social implications. A committee of accomplished peers judges the entries each year.
For works first published or broadcast in North America between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. Categories are platform-independent.
Books: An entry will consist of a book-length work that has been published and made commercially available, either in print or as an ebook.
Opinion: An entry will consist of a single article or broadcast. Opinion entries must espouse a particular opinion in order to be considered.
Science Reporting - Short: An entry consists of a single article of fewer than 3000 words or a single broadcast of up to 6 minutes in length.
Science Reporting - Medium: An entry consists of a single article of 3000-6000 words or a single broadcast of 6- 15 minutes in length.
Science Reporting - Long: An entry consists of a single article of 6000 words or more or a single broadcast of 15 minutes or more in length.
Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Market: An entry consists of a single article of any length, in words or minutes. Regardless of the topic, the publication should be of a local or regional nature.
- Science Reporting Series: An entry consists of a series of articles/broadcasts published/produced as a coherent, named series in a single publication (or publications working together on the series). Written entries should total 6,000 words or more; broadcast pieces, 15 minutes or more. Series entries may be for any market.
Entrants (i.e. individual authors/reporters/producers) may submit only one entry per category. Publishers/Publications/Media outlets may enter, or be represented by, multiple entries in any category. Since authors may be represented only once in each category, if you are entering on an author's behalf, please check with the author first. In the case of multiple entries in a single category on the same author’s behalf, only the entry provided by the author themselves will be considered. If none was submitted by the author, the one with the earliest timestamp will be selected.
Rules for Submission
Please follow the rules carefully. Submissions that do not follow these procedures will not be considered.
Entries must meet the purpose stated above. Material about significant advances in science will be ineligible if the relevance to the broader society is unclear, no matter how well-written the entry.
Any writer (or team) is eligible to submit one entry in each category. All entries should be attributed to bylined authors and producers.
Winners of last year’s awards and individuals who have won three times are not eligible.
Work must be written or spoken in English, intended for the lay adult, and first published or broadcast in North America between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2017. Publications based outside North America are eligible if their readership is international.
Entrants may submit only one entry per category. Publishers/Publications/Media outlets may enter, or be represented by, multiple entries in any category. Since authors may be represented only once in each category, if you are entering on an author's behalf, please check with the author first.
It is your responsibility to enter in the appropriate category. Miscategorized entrants (e.g. a feature or news article in the opinion category) will be disqualified. You may NOT enter the same article in more than one category.
Only online entries will be accepted. With the exception of the Book category and some radio and television content, all entry material must be uploaded to be part of the entry.
Any person, including the author(s), may submit material.
There is no submission fee for entries authored by current members of NASW. The fee for entries authored by non-members is $45 per entry.
Use the link in the menu the left to create your entry/entries and complete all steps of the online entry process by 11:59PM Eastern on February 1, 2018. Your entry is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.
DO NOT include a cover letter with any materials.
Please adhere to the following file formats and sizes:
• Documents or e-books: PDF, max 10 MB (to minimize file size embedded images should be JPG/JPEG, 96 DPI, which is sufficient for web resolution)
• Audio: MP3, max 70 MB
• Video: MPG or .WMV, max 70 MB
You may also provide the entry as a web address, particularly if the file is too large for these limits. Those entering websites need only provide a working URL below (with a password allowing cost-free access if necessary). Please ensure that the URL will be active and correct through September. Entries that provide a nonfunctional URL will be disqualified.
File too large? We encourage electronic uploads for all entries. The70 MB limit for uploaded audio and video should be sufficient for the majority of entries, e.g. ~24 minutes of audio with a 3:1 compression ratio that allows for excellent sound quality preservation falls under 70 MB. For audio or video pieces larger than 70 MB for which you cannot provide a URL, a one-to-three minute clip should be uploaded and the complete entry should be shipped on DVD or CD. Shorter radio or television entries must be submitted entirely online. If shorter pieces are mailed rather than uploaded, they will not be considered.
To Mail Books or Audio/Video Files over 70MB: We encourage you to submit all material electronically. If you are not able to upload the entire entry, please complete all steps of the online entry process and then send seven (7) copies to
Attn: Science in Society
PO Box 7905
Berkeley, CA 94707
Must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018, to be considered. Submissions will be accepted only at the provided P.O. Box. NOTE: FedEx and UPS do NOT generally deliver to P.O. boxes. Material that arrives without a corresponding entry submitted online will be disqualified.
We cannot confirm receipt of materials, return materials or provide updates on any entry’s status during the judging process.
NASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,000 for writing judged best in each of seven categories. The awards will be announced in September 2018 and presented during ScienceWriters2018 October 12-15 in Washington, DC. Reasonable travel and up to two nights’ hotel expenses of the award winners will be reimbursed. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s expenses will be covered, and the prize money will be split between the entrants at their discretion. However, the prize money is intended for content authors or producers, not publications or news organizations.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org