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Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards

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How to Use this Site

To access the Awards Entry site, you need to be logged in.  Click the button on the left to login.  NASW members and those who already have NASW Guest Accounts can use their existing NASW website login information. New users will be prompted to create a new Guest Account.

When you are logged in, you will see a menu on the left.  Before you are able to see options for creating entries, you will need to complete the information under "My Profile."  Once you save your profile, click here to begin an entry.

To Enter: Read details and Rules then use the link in the menu to create your entry and complete all steps of the online entry process by 11:59PM Eastern on February 1, 2019. Your entry is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.

The Purpose

The National Association of Science Writers established the Excellence in Institutional Writing Award to recognize high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf of an institution or other non-media organization.

The Awards

In 2019, NASW will give awards in two categories based on length.

  • Short-form: A single piece or story package up to 1,000 words or a single broadcast up to 2 ½ minutes long.
  • Long-form: A single piece or story package of more than 1,000 words or a single broadcast more than 2 ½ minutes long.


NASW will award cash prizes of $2,000 for the winning entry in each category. The awards will be announced in September 2019 and presented during ScienceWriters2019, which will be held October 25-29 in State College, Pa. Reasonable travel and up to two nights’ hotel expenses of the award winners will be reimbursed. In cases of multiple authors, only one person’s expenses will be covered, and the prize money will be split between the authors at their discretion. However, the prize money is intended for content authors, not publications or institutions.

Questions? Contact director@nasw.org 


Are you looking for NASW's Science in Society Journalism Awards? Visit nasw.org/scienceinsociety.