Newswise — Washington, DC, February 10, 2014 – The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is accepting nominations for the 2014 AIP Science Communication Awards through February 28, 2014. These awards are established to recognize the best science writing in books; magazines and newspapers; works intended for children; and new media.
Winners will receive $3,000, an engraved Windsor chair, a certificate of recognition, and a trip to the awards ceremony at an upcoming national science meeting where the prizes will be presented.
Candidates may nominate their own work or be nominated by someone else. This year, entrants may compete in the following four categories:
• Science writing: Books
For 2014, this category is restricted to books published in 2013. Work must be intended for a general audience and cover some topic in physics, astronomy, math, technology, Earth science or a related field.
• Science Writing: Articles
For 2014, this category is restricted to newspaper, magazine, and online articles published in 2013. Work must be intended for a general audience and cover some topic in physics, astronomy, math, technology, Earth science or a related field.
• Writing for Children
For 2014, this category is restricted to work published in 2013. Entries in this category must be in the form of books, news or feature stories, multimedia, or Web content created specifically for children 15 years old or younger and focused on physics, astronomy, math, technology, Earth science or a related field.
• New Media
For 2014, the New Media category is restricted to works published in 2013. Entries must be stories created specifically for the Web. Winning entries should be individual stories that contain one or more of the following elements: videos, podcasts, slideshows, and text and Web elements that are highly interactive. Works that are published online but are "print in spirit" (blog postings and news or magazine articles that contain no interactive features) should compete in the "Science Writing: Articles" category. Entire websites are not eligible to compete in this category unless the website tells one cohesive story. Submissions must clearly identify which elements of the site should be considered.
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 received by Feb. 28, 2014.
The American Institute of Physics is an organization of scientific societies in the physical sciences, representing scientists, engineers, and educators. AIP offers authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and allied fields. AIP publishes Physics Today, the most influential and closely followed magazine of the physics community, and is also home to the Society of Physics Students and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences. (http://www.aip.org)