Budding journalists and science writers, here is your chance to inspire, impress and inform your readers.

Proudly sponsored by the Australian Institute of Energy

2021 Science Writing Titles:

  • The World in 2050
  • Playing with Light
  • Physics: the very tiny & very large!
  • Global Warming is still so important - what is new
    in the field?
  • What happens to the International Space Station
    (ISS) after 2024?
  • Statistics going Viral
  • Science as a Human Endeavour (YEAR 11–12

A successful Oliphant Science Awards Science Writing entry:

  • Is well researched and has accurate science content.
  • Will communicate ideas clearly.
  • Will be original, innovative and your own work.
  • Will have accurate punctuation and spelling.
  • Will have a References section that acknowledges all sources of information (for students in Year 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12, this will include in-text referencing).

Rules for Science Writing Entries:

  • You must write on one of the titles listed above.
  • The Science Writing entry must be the work of one person (no group entries).
  • You must include a reference list that contains all the sources of information that you used. This includes all books, websites, magazines, and any people you have interviewed.
  • Appropriate “in text” referencing is expected for students in year levels 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12.
  • If you quote directly from a source, you must use quotation marks and include a reference to the source of the quote.
  • Science Writing can be in a number of different genres such as:
    • Recount
    • Information
    • Report
    • Narrative
    • Procedure
    • Explanation
    • Discussion
    • Persuasion / Exposition
    • Response
    • Description
  • You may include pictures and graphic illustrations. However, if illustrations or pictures are copied you must include a reference next to the illustration or picture.
  • Write or word-process your entry yourself. If there are special reasons for using help in typing or editing, then this help must be acknowledged after your reference list.
  • The length of your Science Writing entry depends on your year level:
    • Year R – 2: do not exceed 200 words;
    • Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6: do not exceed 800 words;
    • Year 7 - 8, 9 -10, 11 - 12: do not exceed 1,500 words.
  • A word count must be included on your entry (please note: titles, labels and referencing are not included in the word count).

In presenting your Science Writing entry (online submission ONLY):

The following documents will need to be uploaded for your project:

  • Cover sheet with your Student ID details attached (your Coordinator will give you this)
  • Electronic copy of your science writing entry - Entries will be accepted as PDF or Word documents only. We cannot guarantee judges will be able to access any other file types.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the rules for Science Writing.

Click here to download a copy of the judging rubric.