Writing Competition for Young Statisticians


Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to tell data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the 2017 Young Statisticians Writing Competition.

“Early career” means students or anyone within the first 10 years of their statistical career – so whether studying, recently graduated or already working, this competition is open to you. If you think you’ve got what it takes, and are within the first 10 years of your statistical career, we want to hear from you.

This year’s competition is underway. You are invited to enter our 2017 writing competition. As in past years, the competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

Competition rules:

  • Entrants must be students, or within the first 10 years of their statistics careers.
  • Articles should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words long, and can include tables, figures, images and photographs.
  • Writing style must be clear and easy to read.
  • Avoid the formal layout of an academic report – the article should read like a magazine feature.
  • Technical terms and mathematics should be used sparingly, and suitably explained.
  • End references are optional, but should be limited to four.
  • Only submissions in English will be considered.
  • Manuscripts must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere, though we welcome magazine articles based on work in theses or in papers that have been submitted to or accepted by academic journals, provided the two are sufficiently different.
  • All articles will be assessed by a review committee. The judges will be made up of representatives from both the Young Statisticians Section and Significance.
  • Three finalists will win a one-day registration to the Royal Statistical Society Conference 2016 in Manchester, UK – but please note that travel and accommodation costs will not be covered.
  • The winning article will be published in Significance magazine, and online at significancemagazine.com.
  • Runner-up articles will be published on the Significance website, or in Significance magazine, at the editor’s discretion.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to write about, so long as you follow these basic guidelines:

  • The article should be interesting, engaging and easy to read.
  • Technical terms and mathematics should be kept to a minimum, and explained clearly where used.
  • Readers finish the article knowing more about statistics than they did before.

Method of Application
Can you tell a complex statistical story in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? Then apply. The rules of entry are simple. Send us your best article, of between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on the subject of your choosing. The article could be on work that you have done, or it could explain the work of others.

Please email your submissions in a text/Word file or as a PDF, to significance@rss.org.uk. Make sure to include our competition entry form.

The application closing date is 29 May 2017

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