Young Science Journalists Award

The award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The 2020 winner will receive $1,000 and expenses covered to attend ScienceWriters2020 in Colorado.


The young science journalists award is given in memory of Ev Clark, a veteran journalist at Business Week, The New York Times and Newsweek, and Seth Payne, his long-time friend and colleague at Business Week and a founder of the award.

It is designed to carry on the work of both men, who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.

The award is limited to non-technical, print and online journalism.

Articles published in newspapers (including college newspapers), magazines, newsletters and websites are eligible.

Both freelancers and staff writers are eligible.

Science writing includes, but is not limited to, writing in the biological, physical, environmental, computer, and space sciences, along with technology, mathematics, health and science policy.

The deadline is on 30 June 2020.

Main criteria

  • Entries will be judged on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, resourcefulness, and timeliness
  • Applicants must be age 30 or younger
  • The 2020 award will be limited to those applicants whose 31st birthday is July 1, 2020 or later
  • Articles must be published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020
  • Applications may be submitted by the author or on the author’s behalf. All entries must be submitted in English

Find out more about the Young Science Journalists Award and other available competitions.

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