We want to hear from you about your research and reward outstanding written communication.

Are you an ESRC-funded student, or have you been in the past four years? Are you keen to communicate your research to a wider audience? Then the ESRC writing competition, in partnership with SAGE Publishing, is for you.

What do you have to do?

We want you to tell us about how your research is making sense of society, and why your research matters. Your article should be based on your PhD research. It should not be a general overview of the topic. Read our top tips on science writing for a general audience.

What's the prize?

  • The winner will receive £1,000 cash prize
  • Two runners-up will receive £500 cash prize each

All shortlisted entrants, including the winner and runners-up, will receive a SAGE master class on 'how to get published' and their articles will be published in print and online.

They will also be invited to the awards ceremony which will take place in the Wolfson Library at the Royal Society, central London on 21 March 2017.

How to enter

To take part, you must be a current ESRC-funded student or have been within the past four years.

Articles should be no longer than 800 words, excluding the title. Any entries over this word count will be disqualified. Entries should not include images, diagrams or tables. The use of citations and academic references is not required as the article should be written in an accessible style for non-academic readers.

Please submit your article as a Word document in 12 point Arial or Verdana font, as part of a completed entry form.

Each student may submit one entry only. The judges’ decision will be final.

Articles may be edited by ESRC and SAGE for the final publication.

The deadline for entries is 16.00 on 30 November 2016.