Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing is now open
This year’s theme is ‘Chemical World’.
“I unhem creation a little, to work out the stitch”
(Vincent O’Sullivan, 2006 from the anthology ‘Are Angels OK?)
So wrote poet Vincent O’Sullivan regarding Marie Curie’s work on radiation 100 years ago. Chemists unravel and unpick our world down to its simplest form in order to comprehend its mysteries; society bears the consequences that arise.
In 1911, Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and a hundred years on we celebrate the contribution of chemistry to the well-being of mankind. You are invited to write about chemistry and our world. The length of your piece should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words. There are two categories, fiction and non-fiction. For the purposes of the competition, the fiction category covers science fiction as well as the realistic short story. The non-fiction category covers a wide range of genre from personal essays to profiles to travel writing, but entries must have substantial scientific content. Entries will be judged on their literary merits and the extent to which they engage a non-scientific audience and are accessible to the general public.
This year’s judge is Jo Randerson, a Wellington-based writer, theatre maker and cross media artist. She is the author of two short story collections (The Spit Children, The Keys to Hell), and many plays which have toured both New Zealand and internationally (The Lead Wait, Good Night – The End).
The first 100 entries will receive a copy of the book ‘Are Angels OK’. We are also excited to inform you that to celebrate the competition, we have created a free e-book ‘Shift’ which can be downloaded from our website.
For terms and conditions, entry forms and to download a copy of ‘Shift’ please visit http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/competitions/manhire-prize/2011/