Schools Writing Competition MT2018

The Oxford Scientist is pleased to announce our Michaelmas Term 2018 Schools Science Writing Competition. You can see the winners of our previous competition for Hilary Term 2018 here.

Calling all budding science writers in UK schools!

  • Are you a school, sixth form or college student in the UK in Year 11, Year 12 or Year 13 (or equivalent) for the academic year 2018-2019?

  • Are you fascinated by science and want to communicate it to those around you?

  • Would you like to see your work published in the next issue of The Oxford Scientist AND win a prize?

If you answered YES to all of the above, then all you need to do is write a 700-word article and send it to us by 31st October 2018. Our theme this term is ‘Inspirational Young Scientists’. There are no right or wrong topic choices, so your article could discuss anyone, from a person who made an important discovery at an early age, to someone who is working now to inspire young people to take up science.

Once you have written your article, you can upload it here.

Articles must be submitted by 31st October 2018.

Articles will be judged by our panel of experts, and one winner and a runner-up will be selected from each year group. All winners and runners-up will receive their very own pipette pen, kindly donated by Eppendorf. In addition, winners will receive one of a selection of signed popular science books, including ‘Tamed’ by anatomist and television presenter Professor Alice Roberts.

One overall winner will be selected whose article will be published in the next issue of The Oxford Scientist magazine. They will also receive a copy of the science-themed board game ‘Lab Wars’, courtesy of Eppendorf.

All runners-up will have their articles featured on our website.

If you have any questions about the competition, please email

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