What are the judges looking for?

The judges will be looking for an original article of no more than 800 words that conveys your research in a compelling way, to a non-academic audience.

The piece should be written at a level that an interested member of the public could understand, while conveying the importance of your research topic.

Because of the number of entries we receive, we run an initial sift process. This involves ESRC staff and science writers who whittle down the list of entries to go before the judges who then decide a final shortlist and from that who are the winners and runners up.

The judges' decision is final.