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OBR’s Annual Science Writing Competition NOW OPEN

Enter OBR’s Science Writing Competition to win £500/$750, have your work judged by Nature Biotechnology editors Dr Lisa Melton and Dr Laura DeFrancesco, and be published on the Roundtable Review.

We are looking for talented writers who can write clearly and succinctly about a topic relating to the life sciences in 500-1000 words.  Anyone from high school students to professional entrepreneurs is welcome to participate. The article must not have been previously published (professionally). No more than one article per person will be considered.

It is not easy to take a complicated story and make it intelligible to people from all walks of life. So we’re looking for those crafty writers who can explain the meaning and sheer cleverness of a particular scientific story to anyone and everyone.

Choose from one of the following topics:

1. A major scientific breakthrough
2. Major issues facing scientists today
3. Commercialising research

Check out last year’s winner here for a bit of inspiration.

Send your articles to with “WRITING COMPETITION” in the subject header between now and March 31st. The 10 finalists will have their articles posted on the Roundtable Review. A ‘People’s Choice’ Award will be decided by popular vote, and the overall winner will be chosen by Nature Biotechnology editors Dr Lisa Melton and Dr Laura DeFrancesco. The prize for the overall winner is £500/$US750!

OBR Science Writing Competition

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