By submitting your entry for the ESRC writing competition 2016-17 in partnership with SAGE Publishing, you agree to the following terms and conditions.


  • The ESRC writing competition 2016/17 in partnership with SAGE (the "competition") is open only to current ESRC-funded students and past ESRC-funded students whose ESRC studentship funding ended on or after 1 December 2012.
  • The competition is not open to (a) employees, consultants or contractors (or their family members) of (i) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), (ii) SAGE or to (b) anyone else connected with the creation or administration of the competition or their family members. 
  • All articles entered in the competition ("entries") must be previously unpublished work.

How to enter

  • Entrants must use the online application form and follow the entry guidelines
  • Entries that exceed the 800 word limit (excluding the title), or where the application form is illegible / incomplete, will be disqualified.  
  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document, in 12 point Arial or Verdana font.
  • Entries must be the entrant's original work. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • By submitting an entry to the competition, you confirm that you have the right to enter and have obtained all necessary consents and permissions.
  • Only one entry is allowed per student.


  • The deadline for all entries is 16.00 on 30 November 2016.
  • ESRC will contact shortlisted entrants by 28 February 2017. Only shortlisted entrants will be contacted. By entering the competition you agree that you will not share any confidential information about the competition, prior to any official announcement by ESRC and SAGE.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the competition award ceremony, to take place in central London on 21 March 2017. By entering the competition, entrants agree to be available on this date (standard class UK travel costs to the award ceremony will be reimbursed). The competition winner and two runners-up, as chosen by the judges, will be announced at the award ceremony.


  • The judging panel will select a shortlist that they consider (at their discretion) to be the best.
  • The judges' decision is final and no negotiations or correspondence with entrants will be entered into.


  • The prizes for the winners of the competition are as published.
  • Prizes will be given at the award ceremony. 
  • The prizes are non-exchangeable, and non-transferable.

Other terms and conditions

  • The winner and two runners-up will be required to take part in promotional activity related to the competition at the ESRC's and SAGE's reasonable request.
  • SAGE will organise and host a science writing masterclass, on the same day as the award ceremony, to which all individuals shortlisted for the competition will be invited.  
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Details of the winner and runners-up will be announced on the competition website. 
  • Neither the ESRC nor SAGE is obliged to publish any entry.
  • Each entrant: (a) grants to the ESRC and SAGE a perpetual, royalty-free, exclusive licence at no cost to copy, display, publish, broadcast, transmit and make available their entry to the public, in any format and media; (b) agrees that the ESRC and SAGE may (but are not obliged to) publish their name and photograph in connection with the competition.
  • The ESRC may edit entries for publication.
  • The ESRC reserves the right to use entries as a data resource for wider research purposes.
  • The ESRC may at any time modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the competition.

Data protection

  • The ESRC will collect, store and use all personal data entrants provide in accordance with data protection legislation.
  • Further details about how the ESRC processes and handles data can be found in our privacy policy.