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The Asian Scientist Writing Prize is back! Co-organized by Science Centre Singapore and Asian Scientist Magazine, the Prize seeks to find the best science writing from Asia.

The second edition of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize begins on March 1, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017. Winners will receive their prizes from guest of honor Singapore Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung at an award ceremony to be held at Singapore Science Centre on July 7, 2017.


The organizers invite non-fiction entries in the 1,000-1,500 word count range covering any scientific discipline. Anyone based in Asia is welcome to submit an entry, and no professional qualifications are necessary.

Winners will receive attractive prizes including prize money, a certificate of recognition, publication in Asian Scientist Magazine, and deliberation for inclusion in the Best of Science Writing from Asia 2017, a book that will be published under the Asian Scientist imprint. Prizes are as follows:

ASWP 2017 Prizes:
1st Prize: S$5,000 + a 3D/2N stay at Banyan Tree Bintan Villa Resort
2nd Prize: S$3,000
3rd Prize: S$2,000

Science Centre Singapore Youth Writing Prizes (13-18 age group):
1st Prize: S$500
2nd Prize: S$300
3rd Prize: S$200

World Scientific Publishing Merit Prizes:
10 Merit Prizes: S$500 World Scientific Publishing book vouchers

Entry Guidelines

Entries should be:

  1. Submitted in English only
  2. Non-fiction
  3. Written specifically for this competition. Only original and unpublished work will be accepted
  4. Between 1,000-1,500 words in length
  5. Written by a single author and not a collaborative effort

 Formatting guidelines:

  1. Typewritten, with the pages numbered
  2. Include title and word count


  1. Individuals who reside and/or work in Asia
  2. No professional qualifications are necessary, and students are welcome to apply
  3. The Prize is not open to full-time employees of Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd., World Scientific Publishing Co Pte. Ltd. or Science Centre Singapore

Selection Criteria & Judging

Selection criteria:

There is no specific theme for ASWP 2017, but entrants are encouraged to write in an aspirational manner on topics relevant to Asia. The panel will seek the following criteria in the winning entries:

  1. Enjoyable and accessible writing style
  2. Appreciation for science
  3. Technical accuracy
  4. Relevance to Asia

Articles on Asian Scientist Magazine for reference:

  1. Pests, Clones & The Imperiled Banana
  2. The Mystery Of The Missing Women Scientists
  3. What Humanoids Can Teach Us About Being Human
  4. The Future Of Food
  5. Scientists, Mind Your Ethos
  6. What Chocolate Footsteps Reveal About The Brain

Winners of ASWP 2015 for reference:

  1. Once An Industry Wonder, Now A Silent Killer (1st Prize)
  2. Slipping Through Tribology’s Past, And A Pinch Of The Future (2nd Prize)
  3. How Unfussy Eaters Are Saving The World (3rd Prize)

Panel of judges:

Entries will be judged by a panel chaired by the editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine, Dr. Juliana Chan. The panel will comprise of senior scientists and journalists representing diverse scientific backgrounds.

  • Assistant Professor Juliana Chan

    Editor-in-Chief, Asian Scientist Magazine
    Nanyang Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng

    Chief Executive Officer, Science Centre Singapore
    Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

  • Mrs Doreen Phua

    Managing Director (Group), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

  • Dr Benjamin Seet

    Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

  • Professor Steven Miller

    Vice Provost (Research), Singapore Management University

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2017 (“Prize”) is open to people aged 13 and over (“Entrant”).
  2. The Prize is not open to full-time employees of Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd., World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., or Science Centre Singapore.
  3. Entries that are not accompanied by a signed Entrant Agreement Form will not be processed.
  4. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  5. Entrants must reside and/or work in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam (“Asia”). Entrants who cannot produce reasonable evidence of residence or work in Asia will be disqualified.
  6. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  7. Each prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and where applicable, not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  8. Asian Scientist Publishing Pte. Ltd. and Science Centre Singapore (the “Organizers”) accept no responsibility for any costs associated with participating in or accepting the Prize, including, without limitation, personal expenses, insurance, travel and transfers.
  9. The Organizers accept no responsibility and disclaims any liability for any damage, loss, injury or death incurred or suffered as a result of participating in or accepting the Prize.
  10. Winners will be notified by e-mail. In the event the winners cannot be contacted within seven (7) days of the first notification attempt, the prize may be forfeited and no compensation will be given.
  11. The Prize begins at 12:00:01 am Singapore Time on March 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 pm Singapore Time on May 31, 2017.
  12. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The Organizers reserve the right not to award a Prize if the Entries do not meet the requirements.
  13. By entering, each Entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to their Entry:
    1. The Entry is 100% original and Entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the material;
    2. The Entry will not infringe on or conflict with the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary right of any other party;
    3. The Entrant shall be liable and provide compensation in the event of any action, claim or proceedings brought against the Organizers by a third party as a result of infringement of existing copyright caused by the Entrant in participation to the competition.
    4. Entry into the competition constitutes the Entrant’s irrevocable permission, at no additional compensation or consideration, for the Organizers or their affiliates to reproduce the Entrant’s entry in scientific or promotional communications including, but not limited to, Asian Scientist Magazine and the Best of Science Writing from Asia.
  14. This competition is being run by Asian Scientist Publishing Pte. Ltd., 5 Toh Tuck Link, Singapore 596224; and Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081.
  15. The Organizers reserve the right to amend the rules of the Prize at any time without prior notice.
  16. The Prize will be governed by the laws of the Republic of Singapore.
  17. Entry into the Prize is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Contact & Submission

Submission guidelines:

  1. The Prize will open on March 1, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017.
  2. Entries should be submitted as a word or text document to aswp@asianscientist.com.
  3. Entries should be accompanied by a filled copy of the Entrant Agreement Form (DOWNLOAD FORM). Entries which are not accompanied by the signed form will not be processed.
  4. You will be contacted only if there are additional materials or information needed. If your contact information changes after submission, please inform us at aswp@asianscientist.com.

Contact information:

Asian Scientist Writing Prize Secretariat
5 Toh Tuck Link, Singapore 596224
Tel: (+65)6466-5775
Email: aswp@asianscientist.com

ASWP 2015

In our inaugural edition of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize, our guest of honor was Singapore Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat.

The full list of winners can be found here, while event photos are available our Facebook page.

Here’s a video clip of the award ceremony highlights:

In February 2016, we published the book Bugs & Quarks: Stories from the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015, featuring 25 essays from the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015.


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