National Physical Laboratory

The NPL Climate Change
Writing Competition with
The Ecologist

Winner: Anna  Bowen

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The competition is now closed.

Competition brief:

Would you like to become a published author? Do you have an interest in climate change? Have your voice heard by writing a short article and you could be published on the The Ecologist magazine website.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is welcoming 16 to 25 year olds to write about how you think climate change will impact your life and what you think should be done to combat it. This is a perfect opportunity for aspiring scientists or writers to have their voice heard by thousands of readers interested in environmental issues.

The winning article will be published under your name on the website of The Ecologist. Included with the article will be a short biography and links to your relevant blogs or social media, giving you the perfect opportunity to get recognised by thousands of readers in the industry.

Your entry should describe how you feel climate change will impact your life. It should also reflect the current scientific understanding of climate change, the importance of accurate measurement, and whether society, governments and individuals are taking the right attitude towards solving the issue. The winning article will be passionate, written with conviction and, of course, be an evidence-based argument.

Key information

  • Entries should be no more than 800 words and titled 'Climate change and me: impact and solutions'
  • To enter, email your entry to using the subject title 'NPL Climate Change Writing Competition' before the deadline on 18 November 2016
  • Additionally, entrants should include an author bio of up to 100 words which can include links to your social media handles, blogs and describe relevant activities in the area
  • Please include your name and date of birth
  • Judging will focus on writing style and accuracy (readability, interest to the reader, originality)
    The age of the entrant will be taken into account by the judging panel
  • Entries will be judged by climate scientists at the National Physical Laboratory, UK
  • The winning article will be published on the The Ecologist website, as well as featured in a news story on the NPL website
  • Deadline for entries: 18 November 2016
  • Entries should be in the form of an MS Word document and sent to
    The winner will be contacted through the email address used to send the article

Terms and conditions

  • Entrants should be aged 16–25
  • Only one entry per person
  • Submissions should include contact details: email address, postal address, phone number and date of birth
  • Any entries with a word count over 800 words (900 total including bio) will not be considered
  • Only the winning entrant will be contacted, but all essays conforming to the terms and conditions will be read
  • By submitting an article, you are agreeing to have your name and winning entry published in the media
  • We maintain the right to make minor edits to the winning article to ensure it is appropriate for publication, with full transparency to the winner

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