Alok Jha Thursday 7 April 2011:
Our competition kicks off today to find talented new science writers. The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011 in association with the Guardian and The Observer aims to celebrate new voices in the ever-growing ecosystem of science journalism.
We want to identify some of the best writing about the remarkable ideas and stories emerging from the world's laboratories, field trips and research journals. If you can enthuse people about cutting-edge particle physics or the latest developments in synthetic biology, this is the competition for you.
You might be a new PhD student laying out your research ideas, a seasoned blogger who writes about science in his spare time, or a professor of biology discussing a new idea in her field. You might be none of the above and, instead, someone who just looks at the world in wonder and wants to write about what you see.
Or maybe you have never written about science before.
As long as you're not already a professional writer or journalist you can enter this competition. To encourage more people to discuss and think about science, we want to bring brilliant new writing to the attention of all our readers.
The prizes will be presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Wellcome Trust on 12 October 2011 and the winning articles from each category will be published in the Guardian or The Observer. The winners will each receive a £1,000 cash prize.
The top 30 shortlisted entrants will also be invited to attend a science writing workshop at the Guardian offices in October 2011.
Among the judges will be Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, the director of the Wellcome Trust, Mark Walport, comedian Dara O'Briain and the Observer's science editor, Robin McKie.
What are we looking for? The glib answer is: ... Read more>>