Significance Writing Competition to Celebrate the International Year of Statistics


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 18 February 2013

A joint writing competition hosted by the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society and Significance magazine has been announced to celebrate the International Year of Statistics in 2013. All budding writers within the first 10 years of their statistical career are invited to submit articles which would be suitable for Significance magazine. For more details, see the article on the Significance website.

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Articles should be between 1800 and 3000 words long and can include tables, figures, images and photographs. Their style should be clear and easy to read – avoid the formal layout of an academic report – and technical terms and mathematics should be used sparingly if at all, and suitably explained. End references are optional, but should be limited to three or four at most.

Anyone is welcome to enter, regardless of membership or affiliation. The only stipulation is that you should be “young” (in career terms, not necessarily in age) – that is, you must be a student or within the first 10 years of your career. The article could be on work that you have done, or it could explain the work of others. Only submissions in English will be considered.

Manuscripts must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere, though we welcome magazine articles based on work in theses or in papers that have been submitted to or accepted by academic journals, provided the two are sufficiently different. The closing date for entry is 1 June 2013. All articles will be assessed by a review committee made up of representatives from both the Young Statisticians Section and Significance. The winning article will be published in Significance. Runner-up articles will be published on the Significance website, or in Significance magazine at the editor’s discretion.

Please email your submissions in a text/Word file or as a PDF, to

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