Call for Entries: The 2013 AIP Science Communication Awards

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College Park, Md., Dec. 17, 2012— Entries are requested for the 2013 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Science Communication Awards, which recognize effective science communication in print and new media in order to improve the general public's appreciation of physics, astronomy, and allied science fields.

Winners will receive a prize of $3,000, an engraved presentation piece, and a certificate of recognition. The publisher of the winning entries will also receive a certificate of recognition. Candidates may nominate their own work or be nominated by someone else. This year, entrants can compete in the following three categories:

  • Science writing: Magazine or newspaper articles published in print and intended for a general audience. Submissions will be judged on their ability to enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields. For 2013, this category is restricted to articles published in print in 2012.
  • Writing for children: Books, news or feature stories, multimedia, or Web content created specifically for children age 15 years or younger. For 2013, this category is restricted to work published or broadcast in 2012.
  • New media: Work created specifically for the Web and that makes effective use of the medium. Examples include news and feature stories, blog entries, and multimedia (e.g. videos, podcasts, slideshows, and other interactive features). Submissions must identify a clearly definable portion of the site to be considered; entire websites are not eligible to compete. For 2013, the new media category is restricted to work published or broadcast in 2012.

Candidates must specify the category in which they are competing for each submitted work. No more than three entries may be submitted by a single author or group of authors per year. Authors may elect to have multiple (up to three) submissions judged as a single entry if they are part of a coherent story arc. Collaborative efforts on a single project will be considered a single entry, and prize money will be split accordingly.

Entries must be postmarked or received by Feb. 22, 2013.

For complete rules or more information, or to submit an entry, please contact Jennifer Lauren Lee at media [at] or visit

About AIP
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is an organization of 10 physical science societies, representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators. As one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information in physics, AIP employs innovative publishing technologies and offers publishing services for its Member Societies. AIP's suite of publications includes 15 journals, three of which are published in partnership with other organizations; magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Through its Physics Resources Center, AIP also delivers valuable services and expertise in education and student programs, science communications, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and other sciences.

Charles E. Blue
American Institute of Physics
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