ABSW awards

Important dates

The 2019 awards are now closed to entry. Entries for the 2019 awards opened at midnight on 31 December 2018 and closed to entry at midnight on 31 January 2019.

***Entry Form for the 2019 Awards***

Specific guidance relating to individual categories

£1,000 prizes

Editor of the year (any format) – New Award in 2019

The award will be judged on quality of editing demonstrated through a submitted statement of achievement in the award entry year, which can include links to supporting articles or broadcasts.  The award is for editing in STEM subjects. 

Local or regional journalist of the year (any format) – New Award in 2019

The award will recognise the work of a journalist covering STEM subjects in a local or regional outlet. This could be news or features, in print, online or broadcast but with the item clearly being aimed at a local or regional audience. Only one item should be submitted for judging. 

Innovation of the year (any format) – New Award in 2019

The award will be for innovative approaches in the gathering, presentation and/or delivery of STEM journalism. The award will be made to the individual or team considered to have made the most innovative approach in the entry year. The success/impact of the approach will be considered although this will only form part of the judging criteria. The nature of the award means that entry can be flexible with statements of achievement considered alongside evidence or examples of work. The judges will be looking for out-of-the box thinking, and new, unusual and disruptive approaches to journalism.  

European science journalist of the year (any format)

If you are a European journalism association or a European science journalist wishing to make your entry for European science journalist of the year, please refer to the specific guidance for this Award.  Those wishing to enter as the british entrant to this award see guidance further down this page.

The Steve Connor award for investigative journalism (any format)

Entrants are expected to have undertaken an in depth investigation into a topic of interest and produced a conclusion. The ABSW anticipates entries that may have involved lengthy or complicated evidence gathering, and entrants should indicate any difficulties involved in this work on their entry form. It is also anticipated that the entrant should have pursued an issue that others do not want the audience to know about.  The award can be for a single item or a series of items, although only one item in the series can be entered for judging. 

Scripted/edited TV programme or online video of the year

The award will be judged on the quality of reporting demonstrated through the script and programme content and will be made to the individual or team responsible for the content of the script/programme. The award is for a programme where STEM is the primary issue covered. The award can be for a single programme or a series, although only one item in the series can be entered for judging.   

The Royal Society radio prize: A prize for a scripted/edited radio programme or podcast

The award will be judged on the quality of reporting demonstrated through the script and programme content and will be made to the individual or team responsible for the content of the script/programme.  The award is for a programme (or podcast) where STEM is the primary issue covered. The award can be for a single programme or series, although only one item in the series can be entered for judging. 

News item of the year (any format)

The award is for a news item published or broadcast in any medium. The award is for a single news item rather than a series of items. Entrants should explain on their entry form why it should be considered in this category eg: breaking news story, first in-depth report.   Judges will be looking for evidence that the story is new to the relevant audience. Judges will also look for excellent writing and original reporting. 

Feature of the year – general or general science publication (words only: print or online)

e.g. The Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, UnDark, New Scientist, Science 

The award is for a feature published in any print medium or online that covers all areas of STEM. Only one item may be submitted, although this feature may be part of a series. If this is the case this should be indicated on the entry form. The judges will be looking for excellent writing and substantial reporting.  

Feature of the year – specialist or trade publication focusing on single area of science (words only: print or online)

e..g Chemistry World, Physics World, The Engineer, Mosaic,

The award is for a feature published in any print medium or online that specialises in one area of STEM. Only one item may be submitted, although this feature may be part of a series. If this is the case this should be indicated on the entry form. The judges will be looking for excellent writing and substantial reporting.  

£600 prizes

The NUJ Stephen White award for reporting of science in a non-science context (any format)

The award will recognise a journalist or team of journalists who make complicated ideas accessible to the non-specialist general public and preferably in non-traditional outlets. The Award will celebrate the achievements of journalists who use their skills in covering STEM for a non-specialist audience. STEM publications and programmes, publications that routinely and frequently publish STEM articles, or STEM sections of publications are not eligible (eg: New Scientist, Inside Science – BBC Radio). If the entry is part of a series then it will be judged on one submitted episode only. 

The Dr Katharine Giles science blog award

The Award is for a regularly produced blog. The Award can be entered by an individual or a team (up to four named individuals – see main rules on teams) and is for the blog overall rather than for a specific post/article.  Up to five blog posts can be submitted via the online entry form for judging the overall quality of the blog (all must have been first posted in the relevant entry year – see main rules).  

£500 prizes

Newcomer of the year (any format)

This award is for individuals only and not for teams. There are no age restrictions for this award. But the entrant should have published their first piece of journalism within the last three years (so for 2019 Awards between Jan 1 2016 and Dec 31 2018). Entrants should be currently working in journalism, either freelance or staff, full-time or part-time. Entrants should use the Summary of Entry area of the form to outline their relevant achievements, and why they deserve the award. THREE samples of work are required to support this statement. The judges will be looking for evidence of initiative and career progression. 

Student science journalist of the year (all formats)

The award is for individuals only and not for teams. It is open to entry by student journalists for work published in student outlets (magazines/websites/blogs/student radio or video) or their personal blog or video channel. Students are classified as those studying full time or part time for an undergraduate, or postgraduate degree. The individual must have been a student at the time of producing the work entered. Only one piece of work may be entered.

Scientists winning this award will be offered media skills training through the Dr Katharine Giles Fund.

Other prizes

British science journalist of the year/British entrant to European science journalist of the year (any format)

The European science journalist of the year award celebrates the work of a journalist who promotes excellence and creativity in journalism. This award is for individuals only, not for teams. The recipient will be recognised for entertaining and informing audiences, for inspiring new generations of journalists and writers, and for innovation in their main area of expertise. To enter you must have been working in the UK during the relevant competition year (January 2018 - December 2018).  You will be asked to provide a CV highlighting relevant achievements and up to three supporting pieces of work. The work submitted in this category can be the same as that submitted in any other category of the ABSW Awards.  The winner will then be entered for European science journalist of the year which attracts a £1000 prize.

Lifetime Achievement Award

If you are an ABSW member wishing to make a nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award, see separate information and guidance regarding making your nominations for this award.

***Entry Form for the 2019 Awards***

General rules

The Awards are for works of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) journalism/writing, in print, broadcast or online, originally published within the UK or Ireland and are intended for British and Irish based journalists and writers or those working for audiences in these two countries.

New Rule 2019: You need to be an ABSW or ISTJA member to enter the Awards. You can join the ABSW in order to enter as many award categories as you wish or pay an equivalent entry fee of £45 per entry. If you are entering as a team only one of your team members needs to be in membership, or join as a member. You DO NOT have to wait for your membership to be processed in order to enter, just complete the entry form and tick the box that says you have applied for ABSW membership.

The Awards are for individual journalists and writers, or teams of up to four, rather than for the organisation, institution, employer or publisher. (Exceptions to this rule apply — see specific guidance for each category below.)

The Awards are for STEM journalists and writers whose work is published or broadcast and is accessible to the general public (in the case of the best student science journalist award it is accepted that the audience may be restricted to a particular institution rather than available to the general public).

Books (published or online) do not qualify for any of the award categories.

The Awards are for journalism and writing in science, technology (excluding consumer technology), engineering and mathematics (STEM) and do not cover items exclusively concerning health or medical treatment unless there is a scientific research aspect to them.

Entry is by online form only.  

Entries must have been first published or broadcast between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 inclusive. The cover date on the issue in which an article appears will be considered the date of publication. The date/time of posting will be considered for online articles, podcasts, blogs and multimedia. The date/time of first broadcast will be considered for radio or television. For a series, the item submitted for the Awards must fall within these dates.

Judges of the ABSW Awards 2019 may not enter the ABSW Awards 2019.

The judges reserve the right to reallocate an entry to a category different from the one in which it has been entered, as well as the right to withhold an award in any category. The decision of the judges in all matters will be final. The judges will not provide individual advice or feedback to entrants.

The shortlist will be announced in mid/late April. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in London in May (details tbc), winners will not be notified in advance.

Expenses are not available to cover accommodation and/or travel for shortlisted entrants/winners to attend the awards ceremony (exceptions to this rule apply in the case of student finalists). 

***Entry Form for the 2019 Awards*** 

Guidelines for filling out the online form

Do read the guidelines first before completing the form.

The judges will focus on the quality of journalism and writing and will look for originality, style and flair in all categories. Entrants can summarise their entry and indicate the impact of their work on their entry form.

The awards are for individuals or a team (see specific category rules for exceptions to this rule). No more than four names should be included per entry and these should only be the names of those primarily responsible for the quality, clarity and originality of the content presented. The role of the entrant in the origination of the entry must be stated on the entry form and any collaborators must consent to the submission of the entry. Whoever completes the application form will be considered the corresponding (and lead) author and will take responsibility for the fair disbursement of prize money.

Individuals or teams can only enter ONCE in each award category, but individuals or teams may submit entries for a number of different award categories (entering one piece in news and one piece in features, for example).

Only one article, clip or programme PER CATEGORY may be submitted by an entrant or team. If the entry is part of a series, this can be indicated on the application form. (For exceptions to this rule see specific category rules below).

A separate entry form should be used for each entry.

***Entry Form for the 2019 Awards***

Important Information on file formats/submission of entries

All entrants must complete the online form.

Print/written articles:

Submit online via the online entry form by uploading a Word or PDF file, please note you will need to link all your pages into one word or PDF file in order to upload to the form (there are many free online tools for joining separate PDF pages into one PDF).

TV Programmes/Online Video:

All entries should be made digitally.

  • Files under 10MB can be uploaded via the online entry form 
  • Files over 10MB should be uploaded to a specific ABSW awards dropbox location, after completing the online entry form contact Sallie Robins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be sent the correct link for upload
  • URL: If your entry is readily available online, and will remain so throughout the judging process (ie: end of April 2019), you may provide the link when completing your online form

Radio Programmes/Podcasts:

All entries that include radio programmes or podcasts must be submitted digitally in mp3 format.

  • Files under 10MB can be uploaded via the online entry form 
  • Files over 10MB should be uploaded to a specific ABSW awards dropbox location, after completing the online entry form contact Sallie Robins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be sent the correct link for upload

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