Science me a story
A contest of writing scientific stories for children
The Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU) would like to invite you to participate in the 2nd edition of our contest Science me a story, a initiative sponsored by Lilly Foundation and with the collaboration of The University of Liverpool.
The aim of the contest is to promote science using stories as a tool to communicate and engage primary school children. The success obtained in term of participants and media in Spain and United Kingdom with the first edition encourages us to organise it again.
We are very excited about this second edition and want you to participate creating magnificent scientific stories to inspire the curiosity about science in a new generation of young readers.
Moreover you could win one of the 3 money prizes worth £150, £100 and £50. If this wouldn’t be enough the awarded stories will be published in a science communication magazine and/or other written media. You will be able to participate in the closing award ceremony that will be held in United Kingdom next Autumn.
What previous participants have said about the contest:
“Writing this story for the competition was a great springboard. I’d wanted to experiment with short stories to communicate science for a while, and this was just the nudge I needed” Anthony Lewis, Science-me a story 2018 first prize.
“I found when I sat down to write my story, I was drawn to the theme of curiosity about all things scientific” Eleanor Palmer, Science-me a story 2018 second prize.
What are you waiting for? The contest is open to everyone over 18 years old who wants to write a short scientific story for children (aged 6 to 12 years old). There are two categories, Spanish and English. Send us your manuscript by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 16th of May 2019 to be evaluated by a jury.
Scroll down for the competition rules or download them Sciencemeastory_rules_english_2019
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The competition is open to any adult (18 years old or more), irrespective of their nationality or country of residence as long as the stories, presented in Spanish or English , are original and unpublished by any media (including Internet). Therefore the manuscript should not have been awarded or being pending on deliberation in previous contest. The breach of this clause automatically disqualifies the participant.
Each author/a may present a singular story by category, provided they are different:
Short story in Spanish.
Short story in English.
The submitted manuscript should comply with the following criteria:
The story, either real or fictional, must be conceived from the objective of scientific dissemination targeting primary school children (ages between 6 to 12 years old) through the use of the narrative technique. The topic should be related to science, the scientific method, the research process and scientific discovery, everyday life of a scientist, and others alike.
The manuscript must be written in correct Spanish or English, according to the selected category. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcasted.
A single original copy of the manuscript will be submitted, written entirely using Arial font, size 12, margins of 2.5 cm and 1.5 line spacing throughout (including title). The manuscript must not exceed four (4) pages in length, and should be a minimum of one (1) page long.
The entries must be submitted via email to email@example.com including the contact information of the contestant (name, email address and telephone number) together with the competition category selected. The proper manuscript will be attached in PDF format and named only by the title of the story. This PDF file should not contain personal information, signature or any identification element related to the identity of the contestant.
The submission deadline will be at 23:59 pm London UK time on the 16th May 2019.
The jury will be formed by people related to the scientific, cultural and literary field. In addition to the prizes decision and allocation, the judging panel (whose composition will be announced once emitted the decision) will be able to interpret these rules, and their decision will be unappealable. None of the jury members may participate in this contest.
The manuscripts will be evaluated by the appropriateness to the theme, the literary quality, originality, structure and coherence of the narrative, as well as style, creativity and imagination.
The decision of the judging panel will be disclosed through the SRUK/CERU webpage and other online media by the end of June, and it will be communicated to the winners via email or phone call.
The awards for each category will include a winner prize (£150) and two runners-up prizes (£100 and £50). The awarded stories will be published in the online magazine PRINCIPIA (stories in Spanish, http://principia.io/) or in other science communication media (stories in English).
The winners will be able to participate in the awards ceremony that will take place in the United Kingdom, being informed of the date and exact place in due course.
The society of Spanish Researcher in UK (SRUK) will keep the rights of publication and assignment of the award-winning stories and finalists.
The society of Spanish Researcher in UK (SRUK) will keep, exempt from any payment in favour of the authors, the right of use of the award-winning stories and finalists in future activities and events of science outreach promoted by this society.
By participating in this competition, the contestants agree to comply with all the aforementioned rules. The interpretation of these rules as well as any other situation related with the competition lies with SRUK and the Jury.