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Now open: The UNSW Bragg Student Prize For Science Writing 2024

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is a competition for Year 7-10 students in Australia

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize For Science Writing 2024 is a science essay writing competition open to all Australian high school students in years 7 to 10. Not only are there some awesome prizes up for grabs for you and your class – it’s a great way to complement your studies across all areas including Science, English, History & Geography, Design & Technology and more!

The essay comp closes Friday 23 August 2024 at 5pm. To enter, head to the official competition page.

Scroll down for this year’s essay topic, resources to help you get started, and how to enter. Good luck and happy science writing!

2024 topic: Biodiversity and community

Working together to protect the environment

In 800 words, describe some great community interaction with conservation and biodiversity. Your essay could cover:

  • What is the best citizen science project – how does it work and how is it used? Examples include Frog ID, Birdwatch
  • How is your school or local community involved in conservation?
  • How are Indigenous values inherent in conservation practices?
  • How do scientists work with communities in conservation research?

Looking for inspo?

Win a fantastic set of prizes!

Bragg Prize

The winner will be awarded a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher. Two runners up with receive $250 book vouchers.

The winning essay will be included in the 2025 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 and on

The regional and city school with the most entries will win this awesome book pack from NewSouth Publishing. Simply enter as many students from your school as you can for the chance to win these books:

More resources + to enter

Head on over to the official UNSW Bragg Student Prize For Science Writing 2024 competition page to find info on this year’s judges, teacher resources, FAQs, writing tips, Australian curriculum links, terms and conditions, and more.

This is also where you’ll find instructions on how to enter.

Want more essay writing inspo? You can find last year’s winning entry here, as well as the runner-up pieces here and here.

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Love science and writing? The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing opens for entries April 29.