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22 Feb 2022 5:31 PM | Marie-Louise Rankin (Administrator)

Are you an early-career statistician with a compelling data story to tell? Think you can take the jargon out of your stats chat? Keen to put your writing skills to the test? “Yes!”, I hear you cry! Well, I’m delighted to hear you say that: it sounds like the Significance 2022 writing competition is for you! The Significance magazine, a partnership between the Royal Statistical Society, American Statistical Association and the Statistical Society of Australia, is seeking applications for the ‘Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing’. As the SSA began its partnership with Significance mid-2021, we are particularly keen to encourage contributions from our members so get your thinking caps on to come up with some exciting content. 


  • Students currently studying for a first degree, master’s or PhD in statistics, data science or related subjects;
  • 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.
  • Note that you do not have to be a member of the SSA (or the other partner organisations) to enter.


  • Submit your best statistical writing in the form of a magazine article (1,500 to 2,500 words) on any subject you like as a .docx, .odt or .rtf file to, making sure to include the competition entry form.
  • Writing style must be accessible and engaging: you are not writing for a technical audience.



  • Articles will be reviewed by a judging panel with the winning entry (and up to two runners-up) published in Significance later this year.
  • Up to three finalists will win a full registration to the 2022 Royal Statistical Society International Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Still not sure? Check out the 2021 winning entry for inspiration. The closing date is 31st May 2022; further details can be found here.

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