SPMS Science Writing Competition 2019 

The 2019 competition is now closed. Click here for the list of winners.
Thanks to everyone who participated!

Submit your popular science/mathematics article, and stand a chance to win a prize in the inaugural SPMS Science Writing Competition!

Eligibility and Scope

All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in SPMS (in any division) can participate. Faculty, postdocs, and other NTU staff are not eligible, but may provide advice.

Participants are to submit a popular story about science or mathematics, following these guidelines:

  • Based on a research topic currently pursued at SPMS (in any research group).
  • Written by either a single author, or a team of two (both must be eligible).
  • Between 500 and 2000 words, including captions, and in English.
  • Must include a title. Figures are optional; if included, they should be captioned.
  • Original work that has not previously been published.


  • First prize: $400
  • Second: $200
  • Third: $100
  • Merit awards: $50 each

For team submissions, the prize is split evenly between both members. Winners will be acknowledged on the SPMS website.


The competition will be judged by three faculty members (one from each division), according to the following criteria:

  • Enjoyable and accessible writing style.
  • Ability to convey scientific/mathematical ideas to non-experts.
  • Technical accuracy.
  • The entries will be judged on the content of the story (i.e., text and pictures), not the formatting, layout, and/or graphic design.


Submissions will be accepted between 1 February 2019 and 31 March 2019. Winners will be informed in early April.

Entries should be emailed to spmscomm@ntu.edu.sg, as a Word, HTML, or text document attachment. Please put "SPMS Science Writing Competition" in the subject title. For team submissions, please indicate the names and NTU email addresses of both authors.


The School reserves all rights to choose the prize recipients (including the right not to award prizes), taking into account the input of the faculty judging committee. Each prospective prize recipient, before receiving the prize, must sign an agreement acknowledging authorship of the submitted work, and granting to the School a license to use the submitted work as it sees fit (the copyright will be retained by the authors). If a participant does not complete this agreement, the School may award the prize to another participant, or to no one. Participants are solely responsible for avoiding the infringement of third-party copyrights. Prizes are in Singapore Dollars.


Contact Information

Please direct all queries to spmscomm@ntu.edu.sg.