Science Writing: Books
For 2017, this category is restricted to books published in 2016. 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 2017, this category is restricted to newspaper, magazine, and online articles published in 2016. 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 2017, this category is restricted to work published in 2016. 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.
Broadcast and New Media
For 2017, the New Media category is expanding to become the Broadcast and New Media category for works published or aired in 2016 and intended for a general audience. Entries may include TV programs, films, online videos, radio segments, podcasts and works of new media. Please note: works of "new media" are distinct from "online articles", which should be entered in the separate category above. Just because something is available online does not make it new media, and works of new media are expected to incorporate substantial audio, visual or interactive elements into the storytelling.
- 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.
- 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.
To Submit an Entry
The entry period for the 2017 awards cycle is now open. Entries must be submitted (or postmarked) by March 31, 2017.
If the entry is a book or news/magazine article (print or digital):
Each submission must include a completed entry form and nine hardcopies of the book or article (even if available online).
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.
Print materials should be sent to:
American Institute of Physics
News & Media Services
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3843
Attention: Marissa Nielsen
For web and multimedia entries: Each submission must include a completed entry form and a URL for the online material. URLs may also be emailed to writing [at] aip.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.
For questions, please contact writing [at] aip.org.