Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to tell data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing, jointly organised by Significance magazine and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.
'Early career' means students or anyone within the first 10 years of their statistical career – so whether studying, recently graduated or already working, this competition is open to you.
The rules of entry are simple. Send your best article, of between 1,500 and 2,500 words, on the subject of your choosing. The article could be on work that you have done, or it could explain the work of others. But to stand the best chance of winning, your article really needs to demonstrate the power that statistics has to challenge myths, shape decisions and explain the world around us.
Whatever you choose to write about, articles must be engaging and easy to read. Significance is published for a broad audience of readers, with varying levels of statistical expertise. This means technical terms and mathematics should be kept to a minimum and explained clearly where used.
The competition runs until the end of May. Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony.
The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance, and online at significancemagazine.com. Runners-up will be published online at the editor’s discretion.
The winning author and runners-up will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the Royal Statistical Society International Conference (4–7 September 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland).
For competition rules and how to enter, visit the RSS awards page.