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CSWA Book Awards Now Open, Deadline Dec 15, 2015

09 Oct 2015 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The CSWA awards for general audience and youth books published in 2015 are now open, the deadline is December 15th, 2015. 

Here is more information about the awards:

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years, and 2) intended for and available to the general public. Competitors must be Canadian citizens or residents of Canada, but need not be members of the CSWA. Entries, in either French or English, must have been published in Canada during the 2015 calendar year. The winners will be announced in the spring of 2016, and the awards will be presented at our annual conference in Guelph, June 4, 2016

Judging Criteria

Entries may deal with aspects of basic or applied science or technology, historical or current, in any area including health, social or environmental issues, regulatory trends etc.

Books will be judged on literary excellence and scientific content and accuracy. Specific judging criteria will include initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting greater understanding of science by the general reader.

Books must be understandable to the layperson or children, with appropriate clarification of medical and scientific terminology, and an orderly marshalling of facts.

Also the subject matter should be significant and relevant for the majority of the public or children, and so presented that it increases public awareness. 

Rules for Submissions

Include a fully completed entry form with each submission:

Entry form

Voici le formulaire en français.

Submit a brief biography of the author(s)

6 copies are required for judging purposes

Entry must have been published in Canada during the 2015 calendar year

Entries should be received by Andy Visser deVries,  Awards Chair by Dec 15, 2015

Entries failing to comply with these rules will be rejected. For more information please phone the CSWA office at 1-800-796-8595, or email office@sciencewriters.ca

All entries become the property of the CSWA