Submissions for the ABSW 2021 Awards opened on Monday 04 January and will close on Monday 01 February. 

Reminder: A maximum of (i) three category entries per person or team and (ii) one entry per category is permitted.

Submission is free for ABSW members and costs £55 per entry for non-members. Join ABSW today to submit your entry for free.

Please note that the Dr Katharine Giles Award is free to enter for non-members as well as for ABSW members.

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Editor of the Year (£1,000) 

 sponsored by IBM Research Europe

For editing achievements in STEM subjects that go beyond the ordinary; this may include but is not restricted to:

launching or relaunching new sections, publications, websites or other media
demonstrating extraordinary leadership or excellence in breaking significant stories
supporting and developing the editorial team  


Individual submissions only

Submit your Editor of the Year entry here


British Science Journalist of the Year (£1,000)

sponsored by The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

For excellence and creativity in journalism; this may include but is not limited to:

 entertaining and informing audiences
inspiring new generations of journalists and writers
innovation in their main area of expertise

Individual submissions only

Submit your British Science Journalist of the Year entry here


Steve Connor Award for Investigative Journalism (£500)

For an in-depth investigation into a topic of interest, leading to a conclusion. Submissions should detail any lengthy or complicated evidence gathering, and any difficulties faced.

Individual submissions only

Submit your Steve Connor Award for Investigative Journalism entry here


The National Union of Journalists Stephen White Award for reporting of science in a non-science context (£500)

For making complicated ideas accessible to the non-specialist general public and in outlets that do not normally cover science stories.

STEM publications and programmes, publications that routinely and frequently publish STEM articles, or STEM sections of publications (New Scientist, BBC Radio Inside Science) are not eligible.

Individual or team submissions are eligible

Submit your NUJ Stephen White Award entry here


The Dr Katharine Giles Award for best popular article written by a scientist or engineer (£600)

This award is organised in association with stempra, the membership network for science PR and communications professionals

For a single article aimed at a lay audience. 

Individual submissions only; the winner will be offered media skills training through the Dr Katharine Giles Fund.

Submit your Dr Katharine Giles Award entry here


Feature of the Year: general audience (£500)

For a feature published in print or online in any title that is primarily consumed by, and aimed at, a general, lay audience, whether broadsheet or tabloid in style.

Examples include The Guardian, The Economist, New Scientist, Financial Times, Unearthed, BBC News

The feature may be part of a series or a standalone piece.

Submit your Feature of the Year: general audience entry here


Feature of the Year: specialist audience (£500)

For a feature published in print or online in any title that targets specific, specialist audiences such as scientists, health professionals, chemists or engineers, whether trade press or other specialist publication.

Examples include Nature, Carbon Brief, Chemistry World, Physics World, Computer Weekly

The feature may be part of a series or a standalone piece

Submit your Feature of the Year: specialist audience entry here


News Item of the Year (£500)

For a single news item published or broadcast in any medium. Examples include breaking news stories and first in-depth reports.

Submit your News Item of the Year entry here


The Royal Society Audio of the Year (£1,000)

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.

Individual or team submissions are eligible

Submit your Royal Society Audio of the Year entry here


Newcomer of the Year (£500)

For science writers who published their first piece within the past three years (01 January 2018 – 31 December 2020).

Entrants should be currently working in journalism, whether freelance or staff, full-time or part-time.

Individual submissions only

Submit your Newcomer of the Year entry here


Video of the year (£500)

For a programme 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.

Individual or team submissions are eligible

Submit your Video of the Year entry here


News Analysis or Explanatory Reporting of the Year (£500)

For stories that are neither hard news nor fully-fledged features that provide an insightful explanation of science behind the headlines and valuable new context and background to the news.

Individual submissions only

Submit your News Analysis or Explanatory Reporting of the Year entry here


Research Policy or Funding Story of the Year (£500)

For stories that tackle policy and funding agendas related to science and technology research.

Individual submissions only

Submit your Research Policy or Funding Story of the Year entry here


Opinion/Editorial of the Year (£500)

For written work that expresses an opinion or aims to change opinion. This includes opinion columns, editorial and blogs.

Individual submissions only

Submit your Opinion Piece or Editorial of the Year entry here


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