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SWCC Book Awards Now Open - Deadline Dec 15, 2017

20 Nov 2017 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Book Awards 2017

 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 2017 calendar year. 

The prize for each award is $1,000 and the presentations will take place in the authors hometowns during Science Literacy Week.

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

Submit a brief biography of the author(s)

6 copies are required for judging purposes

Entry must have been published in Canada during the 2017 calendar year

Entries should be received at the SWCC National Office by Dec 15, 2017

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

All entries become the property of the SWCC

Entry Form available here


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