2022 Awards

Timetable

  • Monday 03 January 2022 09:00 GMT: submissions open
  • Monday 31 January 2022 23:59 GMT: submissions close
  • Thursday 31 March 2021 09:00 BST: shortlisted entries announced
  • date TBC: Awards Ceremony

Categories

In 2022 we  will offer awards in 15 categories:

Editor of the Year (£1,000)

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  

Particular consideration will be given to submissions from editors who set the overall strategic direction for a particular title, rather than section editors.

Individual submissions only

Submit your Editor of the Year entry here


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

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

Individual submissions only

Submit your British Science Journalist of the Year entry here


Steve Connor Award for Investigative Science Journalism (£500)

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

The award can be for a single item or a series of items, although only one item in the series can be entered for judging. 

Individual submissions only

Submit your Steve Connor Award for Investigative Science Journalism entry here

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 Stephen White Award entry here


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

For a specific article aimed at a lay audience. 

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

The judges are looking for excellence and creativity in journalism; this may include but is not limited to:

  • Quality of journalism and clarity of reporting
  • Creativity in reaching a new audience
  • Likely impact
  • Ability to translate complex themes

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; only one item in the series can be entered to the awards. Please note that the maximum wordcount for the feature is 6,000 words.

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; only one item in the series can be entered to the awards. Please note that the maximum wordcount for the feature is 6,000 words.

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.

The judges look for evidence that the story is new to a relevant audience, as well as excellent writing and original reporting.

Submit your News Item of the Year entry here


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

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 Royal Society Audio of the Year entry here


Science Podcast of the Year (£1,075)

For a podcast where STEM is the primary issue covered. 

The award can be for a single episode or series, although only one item in the series can be entered.

Individual or team submissions are eligible

Submit your Science Podcast of the Year entry here


Newcomer of the Year (£1,075)

For science writers who published their first piece within the past three years (01 January 2019 – 31 December 2021).

Entrants should be currently working in journalism, whether freelance or staff, full-time or part-time. The judges are looking for evidence of initiative and career progression, as well as quality journalism and depth of reporting.

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.

The judges are looking for excellence and creativity in journalism; this may include but is not limited to:

  • Insightful explanation of science behind the headlines 
  • 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 Piece/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/Editorial of the Year entry here

ABSW 2022 Awards: policy and guidelines
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