The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. The competition offers high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and interest in writing, discovery and sustainability. It offers great practice for research, creative thinking and essay writing, and gives students the chance to combine what they’ve learnt across several different humanities and STEM-based subjects.
The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. Winners and runners up will also get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 in Sydney in early November!
Read last year’s winning entry HERE.
Hear from a year 10 student about her experience HERE.
The competition is open to all students in Years 7–10. It is designed to be used as a classroom or extra-curricular activity in any of the following areas:
Yes! To help you use the competition in the classroom we have compiled:
Indeed there is! The first five schools to enter will receive a fantastic science writing book pack including the Best Australian Science Writing 2017, John Pickrell’s Flying Dinosaurs and Weird Dinosaurs, Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers and Richard Fitzpatrick’s Shark Tracker.
Last day for entries is 27 August 2018
Entering is easy and completely free!
Students write a short piece about sustainability, which must be 800 words or less. They can submit their essay themselves HERE, or you can submit them for your class.
Entries close 20 August.
Judges will assess entries on: suitability of topic, language and tone, accuracy, imaginative quality and overall quality of writing.
Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges comprising: Heather Catchpole, Head of Content at Refraction Media; John Pickrell, author and former editor of Australian Geographic; Stephanie Schwarz, a teacher at Moriah College in Sydney; Michael Slezak, Environment Correspondent for Guardian Australia and Deborah Smith, Media Officer in the UNSW Faculty of Science and former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The winners will be notified in October 2017 and publicly announced in November 2017.
Read more about the judges HERE.
Please read the Terms and Conditions of entry HERE.
The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 22 May to 20 August 2017.
The first five schools to enter will receive a book pack of some of Australia’s best science writing!
The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review. They’ll also have their essay published in CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine on Cosmos Magazine‘s online blog, on CareerswithSTEM.com and newsouthpublishing.com
Winners and runners up will also get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 in Sydney in early November!