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Call for Entries: Awards for Science Writing

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WASHINGTON, January 17, 2020 -- The American Institute of Physics is accepting submissions for the 2020 AIP Science Communication Awards. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2020.

The AIP science writing awards were established in 1968 to recognize the best examples of science writing in the previous year. Entries should be intended for a general audience and will be judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields. Currently, we give four awards for the best science writing in 1) books; 2) magazine, newspaper or online articles; 3) children's books and other works intended for children; and 4) broadcast and new media productions.

Books: For 2020, this category is restricted to books published in 2019. 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.

Newspaper, Magazine and Online Articles: For 2020, this category is restricted to newspaper, magazine, and online articles published in 2019. 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 2020, this category is restricted to work published in 2019. 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 Production: For 2020, this category is restricted to work published or aired in 2019 and intended for a general audience. Entries may include TV programs, films, radio broadcasts and online works, such as videos or podcasts.

Read about the 2019 winners at
https://www.aip.org/news/2019/american-institute-physics-announces-2019-science-communication-award-winners.

GENERAL RULES OF THE AIP SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARDS

  • Candidates must specify the category in which they are competing for each submitted work. 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 coherent story arc or series.
  • Collaborative efforts on a single project will be considered a single entry, and prize money will be split accordingly.
  • Candidates may nominate their own work or be nominated by someone else.
  • Winners will receive $3,000, an engraved Windsor chair, a certificate of recognition and a trip to the awards ceremony at an upcoming national science meeting where the prizes will be presented.
  • Entries must be received by March 31, 2020.

For more information on each of the four categories or complete rules, or to submit an entry, visit http://www.aip.org/aip/awards/science-communication/apply.  

If there are specific questions, please contact the AIP media team at writing [at] aip.org.

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ABOUT AIP

The American Institute of Physics is a federation of scientific societies in the physical sciences, representing scientists, engineers, educators, and students. AIP offers authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and history of the physical sciences. AIP publishes Physics Today, the most closely followed magazine of the physical sciences community, and is also home to the Society of Physics Students and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences. https://www.aip.org/

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For more information, please contact: 
Media Services
American Institute of Physics
+1 301-209-3090
media@aip.org