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Please send any suggestions to Jane C. Hu at hujanec@gmail.com! Also: Check out showcase.casw.org for their awards calendar.
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Award nameShort descriptionEntry DeadlinePerksWebsite
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AAAS Kavli Science Journalism AwardsThe awards, an internationally recognized measure of excellence in science journalism, go to individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics.AugustGold = $5,000, Silver = $3,500https://sjawards.aaas.org/
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American Association for Cancer Research's June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer JournalismThe AACR Biedler Prize is open to print, broadcast, and online professional journalists whose stories appear in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio that target a lay public audience. There is no entry fee. Trade publications are not eligible.December$5,000, a commemorative plaque, and travel expenses to the AACR Annual Meetinghttps://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/PAGES/AACR-JUNE-BIEDLER-PRIZE-FOR-CANCER-JOURNALISM.ASPX#.W37qbpNKh0I
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American Astronomical Society's David N. Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science JournalismArticles for this award must cover topics in high-energy astrophysics, which incorporate experimental and theoretical studies of high-energy photons and particles from the cosmos, including the disciplines of X-ray, gamma-ray and cosmic-ray astronomy, as well as the study of gravitational waves. All forms of science reporting—including blog entries, online-only articles, and other multimedia—will be considered. Each author may submit two separate pieces. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Therefore, if only hard copies of articles exist, they must be scanned into an easy-to-read format such as pdf.November$1500 + plaquehttps://head.aas.org/schramm/schramm.prize.html
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American Astronomical Society's Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism AwardThe Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award recognizes distinguished popular writing on planetary sciences published in the last 2 years. For purposes of this award, planetary science shall be understood to refer to the multidisciplinary study of our solar system and its members, as well as other planetary systems and their members, excluding work dealing primarily with the Sun or the Earth.Aprilhttps://dps.aas.org/prizes/eberhart
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American Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division Popular Writing AwardThe Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society solicits nominations for the Popular Writing Award, which is awarded annually to authors of popular articles about the Sun or the effects of the Sun on the Earth's environment. One award is given for an article written by a scientist; another award is given for an article written by a journalist.$500https://spd.aas.org/prizes/popular-writing
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American Geophysical Union's David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science JournalismThis award recognizes excellence in science news reporting, defined as work prepared with a deadline of one week or less. It is presented annually to a journalist for a news story or series in any medium except books that makes information about the Earth and space sciences accessible and interesting to the general public.March$5000, plaquehttps://honors.agu.org/medals-awards/david-perlman-award-for-excellence-in-science-journalism-news/
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American Institute of Physics' Science Communication Awards for Books, Articles, Writing for Children, and Broadcast and New MediaEntries aim to improve the general public's appreciation of the physical sciences, astronomy, math and related science fields.

Categories:

Science Writing: Books
Entries must be intended for a general audience. Submissions are judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields. Hardcopies are required.

Science Writing: Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Articles
Entries must be intended for a general audience. Submissions are judged on their ability to enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields. Hardcopies are required.

Broadcast and New Media
Entries must be intended for a general audience. Submissions may include TV programs, films, online videos, radio segments, podcasts and works of new media. Please note: Works of "new media" are distinct from "online articles," which should be entered in the separate category above. Just because something is available online does not make it new media, and works of new media are expected to incorporate substantial audio, visual or interactive elements into the storytelling.

Writing for Children
Entries must be in the form of books, news or feature stories, multimedia or Web content created specifically for children 15 years old or younger.
March$3,000 prize, an engraved Windsor chair and a certificate of recognitionhttps://www.aip.org/aip/awards/science-communication
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DC Science Writers' Association Newsbrief Awards for Short Science JournalismMust be a member of DCSWA; entries accepted in two categories: writing (less than ~500 words) and multimedia (less than ~3:30 minutes). February$300https://dcswa.org/newsbrief-award/#rules
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National Academies Communication AwardsThe National Academies Communication Awards will award four $20,000 prizes in 2018 to individuals or teams for creative, original work pertaining to issues and advances in science, engineering, and medicine for the general public – which will be presented in four categories: Book, Film/Radio/TV, Magazine/Newspaper, and Online.February$20,000https://www.keckfutures.org/awards/2018section/2018homepage.html
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National Association of Science Writers' Science in Society AwardsNASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,000 for writing judged best in each of seven categories:

Books
Opinion
Science Reporting (Short, Medium, or Long)
Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Market
Science Reporting Series
All prizes will be platform-independent. We’re open to entries from print, broadcast and online journalists.

Any writer (or team) is eligible to submit one entry in each category. All entries should be attributed to a bylined creator or creators. There is no submission fee for current members of the National Association of Science Writers. The entry fee for non-members and those entering on behalf of members but not members themselves is $45 per entry.
February$2,000https://nasw.secure-platform.com/a
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Society for American Archaeology's Gene S. Stuart Award The award is given to single or multiple authored articles, stories, or series of stories published in newspapers or magazines. The emphasis is on publications available to the general public (rather than limited distribution newsletters), and online publications are not excluded. The award honors good writing that brings awareness of archaeology to the public eye. Nominations can be submitted by authors themselves, by magazine/newspaper editors, or by readers. Authors or newspaper editors will work with the committee chair to assemble and submit a nomination file. Awardees may be members or non-members of the SAA.December$1,000http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/Awards/Awards%202018/Stuart%20Award%202018%20Info%20Sheet.pdf
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Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the EnvironmentThe Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the year's most outstanding journalism on environmental subjects. Any journalist may enter unless he or she is a member of the SEJ Board of Directors, Awards Committee, SEJ staff or awards personnel. Exceptions will be made if an SEJ board member is part of a group entry, provided that the board member did not play a significant role. Judges may enter, but not in a category in which they are judging.
Only journalism that is predominantly about an environmental subject is eligible for the contest. The awards committee is the final authority for determining whether an entered story meets that standard.
AprilFirst-place winners receive $500, a trophy and certificate. Winners of second place receive $250 and a certificate. Third place and honorable mentions receive a certificate. All winners and recipients of honorable mentions will receive discounts to the annual conference.https://www.sej.org/initiatives/sej-awards-2018-rules
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National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Health Care Print Journalism AwardsGeneral Circulation Print: Entries will be accepted from newspapers and magazines and their websites. Entries will also be accepted from independent news sites.
Trade: Entries will be accepted from publications written for a specialty audience.
Articles should be timely and produce new insights into health care financing and delivery or health care policy.
February$10,000https://www.nihcm.org/awards/print-journalism-awards
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National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Health Care Digital Media AwardsThe NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence.February$10,000https://www.nihcm.org/awards/digital-media-award
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National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Health Care Television and Radio Journalism AwardsThe NIHCM Foundation Health Care Television and Radio Journalism Award recognizes excellence in television and radio reporting on health care issues and policy.February$10,000https://www.nihcm.org/awards/television-and-radio-journalism-award
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National Association of Science Writers' Excellence in Institutional Writing AwardThe 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. Entries could include press releases, news stories, feature stories, magazine articles, web content, audio or video scripts, and similar materials. Entry is free for members, and $45 for non-members.April$2,000https://www.nasw.org/excellence
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Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science ReportingThe prize, which is given annually, seeks to honor a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five years which, for reasons of uncommon clarity, accuracy, breadth of coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power, has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being. Eligible writing includes work appearing in digital media.July$3000 + certificatehttp://casw.org/casw/victor-cohn-prize-excellence-medical-science-reporting-0
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Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's Evert Clark / Seth Payne Award for Young Science JournalistsThe award is limited to non-technical, print and online journalism. Articles published in newspapers (including college newspapers), magazines, newsletters and websites are eligible. Both freelancers and staff writers are eligible. (Books, as well as articles in technical journals and trade association publications are not eligible). Science writing includes, but is not limited to, writing in the biological, physical, environmental, computer, and space sciences, along with technology, mathematics, health and science policy.

Applicants must be age 30 or younger. The 2019 award will be limited to those applicants whose 31st birthday is July 1, 2019 or later.
June$1000 + expenses to attend NASW Science Writers conferencehttp://casw.org/casw/evert-clarkseth-payne-award-young-science-journalists
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American Mathematical Society's Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications AwardThis award is given each year to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. Mathematicians and non-mathematicians are eligible.March$2,000http://www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/ams-awards/jpbm-comm-award
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Association of Health Care Journalists' Awards for Excellence in Health Care JournalismEntries can include a wide range of health coverage including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics.January$500 + framed certificatehttps://healthjournalism.org/awards-jump.php
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American Chemical Society's James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the PublicTo recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. A nominee must have made noteworthy presentations through a medium of public communication to increase the American public's understanding of chemistry and chemical progress. This information will have been disseminated through the press, radio, television, films, online media, the lecture platform, or books for the lay public.November$5,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursedhttps://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/national/bytopic/james-t-grady-james-h-stack-award-for-interpreting-chemistry-for-the-public.html
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American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - FeaturesThe award is presented annually to a journalist for a feature story or series in any medium except books that makes information about the Earth and space sciences accessible and interesting to the general public.March$5000 + plaquehttps://honors.agu.org/medals-awards/walter-sullivan-award-for-excellence-in-science-journalism-features/
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Scripps Howard Foundation AwardsMany different categories listed here, including environmental, community journalism, visual journalism, investigative, etc. FebruaryMost awards are $10,000, though the investigative award is $20,000 (!!)https://www.shawards.org/about.aspx
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National Press Foundation's Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy WritingThe subject may be any form of energy—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, water, solar, etc. This award is open to all media; the journalism may be reporting, analysis or commentary.March$2,000http://nationalpress.org/awards/thomas-l-stokes-award-for-best-energy-writing/
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National Press Foundation's Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health ReportingThe award is open to any U.S.-based journalist at a U.S.-based news organization, including print, broadcast and online journalists. The award recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness.March$10,000https://nationalpress.org/awards/carolyn-c-mattingly-award-for-mental-health-reporting/
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Columbia Journalism School's John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental JournalismThe John B. Oakes Award is given for outstanding environmental reporting across platforms. Print, radio, broadcast and digital reporting are eligible for the award. All entries must have appeared in the U.S. during 2018. The entry fee for each nomination is $50. Entry fees are non-refundable.April$5,000https://journalism.columbia.edu/oakes#How_to_Enter
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Education Writers Association's annual awardsEWA has 19 prizes that have honoraria ranging from $1000 to $10,000.Decembervaries ($1k - $10k)https://www.ewa.org/2018-awards
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MIT Knight Science Journalism program's Victor K. McElheny AwardThe Victor K. McElheny Award honors outstanding coverage of science, public-health, technology, or environmental issues at the local or regional level.
January5000 + a trip to Cambridge for the Cambridge Science Festivalhttps://ksj.mit.edu/award/
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Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related SciencesThe Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences recognizes outstanding science journalism about scientific discoveries, principles, advances, and impacts in all media outlets including radio, television, film, newspaper, magazine, social media, and online. The award embraces a broad definition of journalism including, but not limited to reporting, interviewing, humorous blogging, and opinion or commentary pieces, as long as they convey strong, accurate science.Mayhttps://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/about-ams/ams-awards-honors/awards/author-and-journalism-awards/the-award-for-distinguished-science-journalism-in-the-atmospheric-and-related-sciences/
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Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology
Pieces must have been published, online or in print, by an American or Canadian publication in 2019. They must be about science, nature, or the environment. There are no length restrictions or requirements. Essays are eligible, poetry is not, nor are excerpts from books.December
inclusion in the BASNW anthology
https://www.jaimegreen.net/basn
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BBVA Foundation Biophilia Award for Environmental CommunicationThe award recognizes contributions in any aspect of environmental communication, especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation and climate change, characterized by a particularly innovative approach. Contributions may encompass a wide spectrum of fmrats, styles and channels, including articles, nonographs, multimedia materials and books; the preparation, editing and presentation of reports and documentaries; the design and curatorship of exhibitions; and projects in any medium (press, radio, television, film, documentary or Internet). They should preferably, though not exclusively, be directed at a global audience, and those with a more limited focus (regional or national) should, in any case, have achieved a broad impact. May100,000 euros (!), diploma, and "a commemorative artwork" (?)
https://www.fbbva.es/en/noticias/the-bbva-foundation-launches-the-biophilia-award-for-environmental-communication-to-recognize-high-impact-contributions-in-mobilizing-ecological-awareness/
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