Science Communication Awards

The Science Communication Awards of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) are established to recognize the best science writing in books; magazines and newspapers; works intended for children; and new media in order to improve the general public's appreciation of the physical sciences, astronomy, math, and related science fields.

Entries will be judged by a committee of scientists and journalists and winning authors will receive a prize of $3,000, an engraved Windsor chair, and a certificate of recognition. The publisher will also receive a certificate of recognition. AIP will pay the winning authors' travel expenses to a ceremony where the awards will be presented.

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Award Categories

Science Writing: Books

For 2015, this category is restricted to books published in 2014. Work must be intended for a general audience. Submissions will be judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields.

Science Writing: Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Articles

For 2015, this category is restricted to newspaper, magazine, and online articles published in 2014. Work must be intended for a general audience. Submissions will be judged on their ability to enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields.

Writing for Children


For 2015, this category is restricted to work published in 2014. Entries in this category must be in the form of books, news or feature stories, multimedia, or Web content created specifically for children 15 years old or younger.

New Media


For 2015, the New Media category is restricted to works published in 2014. Entries must be work created specifically for the Web and must attempt to make effective use of the medium, in particular by including interactive elements. Works that are published online but are "print in spirit" (blog postings and news or magazine articles that contain no interactive features) should compete in the "Science Writing: Newspaper, Magazine and Online Articles" category. Entire websites are not eligible to compete in this category unless the website tells a cohesive story. Winning entries should be individual stories that contain one or more of the following elements: videos, podcasts, slideshows, and text and Web design elements that are highly interactive. Submissions must clearly identify which elements of the site should be considered. 

Rules

  • Entries must be in English
  • No more than three entries may be submitted by a single author or group of authors per year.
  • Authors may elect to have multiple (up to three) submissions judged as a single entry if they are part of a series or are otherwise related. Authors must check the “series entry” box on the submission form.
  • Collaborative efforts on a single projects will be considered a single entry, and prize money will be split accordingly.
  • Work produced by employees of the AIP, or by current members of the judging panel, is not eligible. The winners from the previous year are not eligible. No author may receive more than three awards.

To Submit an Entry

Entries for the 2015 awards must be received or postmarked no later than March 31, 2015.

Authors or publishers can submit an entry using the online entry form. They can also download a paper entry form. Downloaded entry forms can be mailed to the address below; faxed to (301) 209-0846; or emailed to writing [at] aip [dot] org

For print materials: Each submission must include a completed entry form and nine original copies of the book or article. All print materials should be sent to:

American Institute of Physics

News & Media Services

One Physics Ellipse

College Park, MD 20740-3843

Attention: Marissa Nielsen

Printed PDF copies of newspaper, magazine, and online articles will be accepted if they faithfully render the appearance of the original article. B&W photocopies of full-color originals are not acceptable. All entries become the property of the American Institute of Physics and will not be returned to the author or publisher.

For Web materials: Each submission must include a completed entry form and a URL for the online material. URLs may also be emailed to writing [at] aip [dot] org with “Science Communication Awards” in the subject line. If your work is part of a larger Web presence, please clearly define the extent of your submission.

* Please be aware that if your submission is competing in the Science Writing: Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Articles category, nine hardcopies must be sent to the address above (even if the article is available online).

For questions, please contact writing [at] aip [dot] org