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

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

Click here to download a copy of the judging rubric.

2022 Science Writing Titles:

  • Bioluminescence
  • Endangered Species Recovery
  • Life Without the Lightbulb
  • Waste Not Want Not - This may include exploration of the following; Waste management – how important is it? What do we do with our E-waste? Which is better- Biodegradable or Compostable Materials?
  • Should Animals be Used for Research?
  • Developing a Green Future
  • How are the Technical Properties of Glass Changing the World?
  • First Nation Science
  • Air quality
  • 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 the student's own work.
  • Will have accurate punctuation and spelling.
  • Will have a References section that acknowledges all sources of information (for students in Years 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. Please ensure the title is clearly identified on your entry.
  • 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 Years 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
    • Narrative
    • Explanation
    • Discussion
    • Response
    • Information Report
    • Procedure
    • Persuasion / Exposition
    • Description
    • Comic (graphic writing)
    • Infographic

  • 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). There can be up to a 10% tolerance of the word limit.

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.

For full details on electronic submission, click here.