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Review: Writing Competition Webinar

On Wednesday 10th April, the YSS and Significance Magazine hosted a webinar for this years Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing Competition.

The webinar, aimed at career-young statisticians planning to enter the competition, featured presentations from:

Brian Tarran (Significance) – The why, the what and the how

Letisha Smith (New York University) – Tips for Statistical Writing

The Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing Competition is open until 27 May 2019.

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Writing Competition Webinar (2:30pm 10th April)

If you are thinking of submitting an entry for the 2019 Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing, we invite you to join our upcoming webinar for tips and advice on crafting an award-worthy article.

Our two speakers are:

  • Significance editor Brian Tarran, who will give an overview of the competition and offer guidance on writing an article that meets the expectations of the 2019 judging panel; and
  • 2018 award winner Letisha Smith, who will share her personal experience of the competition, from idea generation, to researching and writing her article, to presenting at the 2018 RSS International Conference.

Talks will be followed by a Q&A session, hosted by Sarah Nevitt of the Royal Statistical Society’s Young Statisticians Section.

The webinar takes place at 2.30pm (UK time) on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

To join the webinar, either connect through Skype for Business (web or desktop app), or dial-in using the details below:
From UK: +44 (0)20 3321 5256
From overseas: Find local number
Conference ID: 5341 3870 #

We hope you are able to join us. If you have any questions about the webinar, or would like to ask a question for the webinar in advance, please email Significance.

Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing Competition

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Are you an early-career statistician with a statistical story to tell? If so, we invite you to enter the 2019 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing. The competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme.

The competition is open to:
1. Students currently studying for a first degree, Master’s or PhD in statistics or related subjects.
2. Graduates whose last qualification in statistics or related subjects (whether first degree, Master’s or PhD) was not more than five years ago.

The rules of entry are simple: send us your best statistical writing in the form of a magazine article (1,500 to 2,500 words) on any subject you like.

What should you write about?

Successful submissions from past years were based on original analyses, produced specifically for the competition. This does take work, but it often results in a unique and compelling article. A list of published articles from previous years’ competitions can be found on the Significance website.
You might also write about work you have done as part of your studies or during your career.
You can also write about the work of others, but this must be in the form of a critique or wider overview of a subject area.

Whatever you choose to write about, articles must be engaging and easy to read. Significance is published for a broad audience, so accessibility is key. This means technical terms and mathematics must be kept to a minimum and explained clearly where used.

The competition is open until 27 May 2019.

Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony. The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance and online at significancemagazine.com. Runners-up may also be published online or in print at the editor’s discretion. Finalists will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the RSS International Conference (2–5 September 2019 in Belfast).

How to enter:

Email your submissions as a text/Word file, or as a PDF, to significance@rss.org.uk. Make sure to include our competition entry form.

Please help promote the competition in your statistics department or workplace. Download the official poster.

The competition rules and guidelines can be found on Significance Magazine website.