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, History & Geography, Design & Technology and more!

What is the topic this year?

What is science?

What do we mean by science? Science is defined as an intellectual and practical activity investigating the nature of the world, and is characterised by the scientific method.

In 800 words, you’ll explore what shapes your own interpretation of science by looking at your personal experiences, defining moments Science has played a part in, cultural perspectives, family conversations and experiences first hand of how Science has impacted on life-long memories.

Craft an opinion piece, or historical or cultural research to inform and persuade your reader: what is Science and why do we need it?

Your 800-word essay might consist of:

  • Reflections on First Nations science;
  • Science through time; or
  • How science is represented through traditional or social media.

References do not count towards the word count.

How do I enter?

Entering is easy and completely free!

Students write a short piece about ‘What is science?’, which must be 800 words or less (not including references). They can submit their essay themselves HERE from the 26th of April 2022, or teachers can submit them for your class via this Google form.

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 21 August 2022.

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 2023 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

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 2022.

What are the competition dates?

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize is open from 26 April 2022 to 19 August 2022. Winner announced Monday, 17 October.

Competition sponsors

2020 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing sponsor logos

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