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Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The Complete Shortlist

18 Dec, 2014

Free book of science writing prize articlesAre you travelling over Christmas? Looking for something to read while you digest your Christmas dinner? Or perhaps just wanting to expand your knowledge to impress your friends… Well we’ve got the answer – twenty brilliant articles about science, nicely packaged into a downloadable pdf for you to savour.. it’s the Science Writing Prize 2014 shortlist!

We love a bit of good science writing here at the Wellcome Trust, and while we wait to see what we get in our Christmas stockings, we’d like to present you with a fantastic crop of stories from the shortlist in this year’s Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize in association with the Guardian and the Observer.

You’ll find advice on how to make your smile look even more genuine, and a trillion reasons to look after your gums. There are stories about surgery, genetics, dementia and ‘Barbie drugs’, not to mention music, comets, butterflies and Breaking Bad.

The 20 stories in the shortlist were chosen from more than 600 entries to the competition, before our esteemed judges picked their two winners, who each won £1000. Kate Széll, who won in the general category, had her piece about prosopagnosia, or face blindness, published in the Observer last month, and Dr Richard Stephens who won the professional scientist category. His piece, which reveals the secrets of smiling, will soon be published in the Guardian.

The judges had a tough time choosing the winners and so we wanted to share all of the shortlisted entries with you, because it is a great achievement to make it through to the final stage of judging.

The aim of the competition is to encourage new voices in the communication of science, to find writers who can explain science in the most engaging way, and to increase the number of people reading, thinking and talking about science. Every piece in the Science Writing Prize 2014: The shortlist has something interesting to say about a fascinating area of science, and the writers use their skills to inform, entertain and encourage debate.

Shortlisted writers from previous years have gone on to write about science in a variety of publications, including several book deals, some even becoming fully fledged science journalists and editors. So here’s a chance to discover the science writers who are going to help shape our understanding of the world in the years to come!

If you’re interested in science writing you might also enjoy our set of “How to” blogs that cover topics ranging from how to write a story from a scientific paper, to how to set up your own blog – and of course – how to pitch to an editor. You can find the full set of them here.

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