FAQs: UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

Who is the competition for?

The UNSW Bragg student prize is open to all high school students in Years 7–10.

It’s a great way to complement your studies across all areas including Science, English, Geography, Design & Technology and more!

How do I enter?

Entering is easy and completely free!

Students write a short piece about ‘Big Ideas Saving The Planet’, which must be 800 words or less. They can submit their essay themselves HERE from the 27th of April 2020, or teachers can submit them for your class. Please email info@nullrefractionmedia.com.au if you would like to enter your class as a batch.

To enter, students need to agree to the terms and conditions, and their parents to sign the consent form, which is uploaded with their submission. Entries close 27 August 2020.

What is the prize?

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review.

The winning essay will be included in the 2021 edition of NewSouth Publishing’s highly acclaimed anthology The Best Australian Science Writing, where it will appear alongside essays by some of the country’s leading science writers. It will also appear in an issue of CSIRO’s Double Helix Magazine, on CareerswithSTEM.com and on newsouthpublishing.com

Winners and runners up will get the opportunity to attend the Bragg Prize award ceremony and launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2020 in Sydney.

What is the preferred referencing style?

We prefer the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style, which is used in most Australian universities. You can see an example here.
However the most important part is your essay – we’re looking for the best writing rather than the best referencing.

Are references included in the word count?

References do not contribute to your essay word count.

How will the competition be judged?

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 chosen by UNSW Press.

The winners will be notified and announced in October 2020 and promoted at an event in November 2020.

What are the competition dates?

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 27 April 2020 to 28 August 2020. Winner announced Wednesday, 7 October.

Competition sponsors

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