Significance – Competitions? You want ‘em, we got ‘em!

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Significance doesn’t only have statistics, it has competitions as well. The Young Statisticians Section of the RSS is hosting, with Significance, a writing competition.
If you have ever seen an article in Significance and thought ‘I could do better than that!’ here is your chance to prove it. Write something about statistics, in magazine article style; the prize is publication.
Full details are shown in this article, or go the Significance website to read about the competition requirements. They also appear on page 186 of the December issue of Significance. So if you think the world should know about statistics, and if you think you are one of the people who should tell them, and if you have ever fancied seeing your prose in print, have a go.
AND, as if one competition was not enough, we have two! The Significance website had its first birthday recently; and to celebrate, for Christmas it is going to have a Grand Quiz, with wonderful prizes. There will be lots of questions, some of them easy, some harder, a few needing a bit of thinking but none of them utterly fiendish, and the answers to all are contained on the website’s daily postings over the past year.
So if you have regularly looked at the website (which you should have done), you will start with an advantage. If you haven’t, you can spend a happy hour or two over the holidays searching the site for the answers and still win one of Wiley’s generously-donated books. The quiz will appear on the site in mid-December.
Until then, look out for the December issue of the magazine, which is already online, and which should reach your doorstep also in time for Christmas. It has got Chopin mazurkas, a huge great hole in the ground, a million monkeys and Shakespeare in it.
And, as yet one more extra Christmas present, next year you will be getting not four, but six issues of Significance – better value than ever!  Happy reading!
Julian Champkin, editor, Significance.
And here are the entry requirements for the Writing Competition
Calling all budding writers within the first 10 years of their statistical career!
  • Do you have an idea for an interesting article which would be suitable for Significance?
  • Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing in a more journalistic style?
  • Are you good at interpreting data?
Then why not write an article and submit it to our competition? This is the first writing competition hosted jointly between Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.
Significance is published by the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, and is for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data. It is primarily a general interest magazine for statisticians, users of statistics and all those interested in statistics. It is not a research journal, and articles are not peer-reviewed.
Articles should be accessible to a wide and non-specialist audience and should be about an area or application of statistics that is of broad relevance or has an important and topical application, in a way that lives up to both meanings of the tagline “Statistics making sense”. Articles should be between 1800 and 3000 words long and can include tables, figures and photographs.
Their style should be clear and easy to read – avoid the formal layout of an academic report – and technical terms and mathematics should be used sparingly, if at all, and suitably explained. End references are optional, but should be limited to three or four at most.
Anyone is welcome to enter, regardless of membership or affilation. The only stipulation is that you should be “young” (in career terms, not necessarily in age) – that is, you must be a student or within the first 10 years f your career. The article could be on work that you have done, or it could explain the work of others.
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 sufficently different.
The closing date for entry is 1st March 2012. All articles will be assessed by a review committee made up of representatives from both the Young Statisticians Section and Significance. The winning article will be published in Significance. Runner-up articles will be published on the Significance website, or in Significance at the editor’s discretion.
Please email your submissions, in Word or pdf formats. We hope you enjoy writing your piece.

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