Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 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 SWCC. Entries, in either French or English, must have been published in Canada during the 2018 calendar year.
The prize for each award is $1,000 and the presentations generally take place in the authors hometowns during Science Literacy Week.
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
Submit a brief biography of the author(s)
6 copies are required for judging purposes
Entry must have been published in Canada during the 2018 calendar year
Entries should be received at the SWCC National Office by Dec 6, 2018
Entries failing to comply with these rules will be rejected. For more information please phone the SWCC office at 1-800-796-8595, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries become the property of the SWCC
English Entry Form available here
French Entry Form available here