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Write here, write now! Our 2023 writing competition is open for entries

  • 16 Feb 2023 1:52 PM
    Message # 13099610
    Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

    Are you an early-career statistician or data scientist with a talent for telling data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the 2023 Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing.

    Jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the competition forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme.

    “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.

    No topic is out of bounds. Surprise us! Last year's winning article, by Lee Kennedy-Shaffer, explained how statistics can help us evaluate rule changes in baseball. The previous year, Conner Jackson wrote about his investigation into whether a colleagues’ pet tortoise really could predict the weather. Over the years, we’ve also honoured articles about the role of statistics in organ transplant medicine, World War Two bombing raids, the reduction of food waste, millennials’ political views, and much more. The article could be based on your own work, or that 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.

    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 tone should be engaging and easy to read – think magazine rather than academic journal. 

    Entries are judged by a panel made up of the Significance editorial team and editorial board members.

    Winners and runners-up are announced at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards in the summer, and invited to present their articles at the 2023 RSS Conference in Harrogate (4-7 September 2023). The winning article will be published in Significance.

    Rules of entry

    • Entrants must be either (1) students currently studying for a first degree, master's or PhD in statistics, data science or related subjects, or (2) graduates whose last qualification in statistics, data science or related subjects (whether first degree, master's or PhD) was not more than five years ago.
    • Articles must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words in length.
    • Articles can include tables and figures – though, for space reasons, there should be no more than five tables/figures in total.
    • Writing style must be accessible and engaging.
    • Technical terms and mathematics must be used sparingly, and suitably explained where used.
    • End references should be limited to 10.
    • Footnotes must not be used.
    • Only submissions in English will be considered.
    • Manuscripts must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. You may submit articles based on work in theses or in papers that have been submitted to, or accepted by, academic journals, provided that the competition submission is sufficiently  different in style and structure.
    • Winners, finalists and entrants from previous years of the competition are not excluded from participating in this year’s competition.
    • All entries must be accompanied by an entry form – download yours from
    • Email submissions as a text/Word file, or as a PDF, to
    • Articles will be reviewed by a judging panel featuring representatives of both the RSS Young Statisticians Section and Significance.
    • Up to three finalists will win a full registration to the 2023 Royal Statistical Society International Conference in Harrogate, UK. Please note that travel and accommodation costs will not be covered.
    • The winning article will be published in Significance magazine.
    • Runner-up articles may be published on the Significance website or in Significance magazine at the editor’s discretion.
    • ·Closing date is 31 May 2023.

    Further details, as well as winning articles from previous years, are online at

    Last modified: 16 Feb 2023 1:53 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)
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