UK-based science blogger, this one is for you. The Good Thinking Society, chaired by science writer, Simon Singh, recently announced the inaugural UK Science Blog Prize. The prize sets out to recognise the majesty’s nation’s best science blog of the year. Yes, this means that the winner will probably be able to include a “2012’s best science blog in the UK” logo in his or her blog’s sidebar. Wonderful.
Perhaps disarmingly, the judging criteria are practically nonexistent:
Among the criteria for judging the blogs will be scientific content; reach; influence; entertainment and frequency of posting. However, given this is the first year of the award other criteria may arise.
Having said that, the judges are your typical intimidating bunch which means that the prize should be quite prestigious. Judges include Ben Goldacre, best known for kicking Big Pharma in the b*****, Mark Henderson, author of The Geek Manifesto, Roger Highfield, former editor of New Scientist and Martin Robbins, the mostly-angry science blogger at The Guardian, amongst others.
The prize is open to all science blogs. To self-nominate yourself, you should link to two particularly stellar blog posts you’ve posted on your blog in 2012. Also make sure you have a self-recommendation note of no more than 400 words to tell the judges how magnificent your blog is.
Nominees must be UK-based bloggers and featured blog entries must have been published in 2012. Other than that, we’re open to all science blogs and that means science in its broadest sense (i.e. pure science, applied science, engineering, mathematics, technology, statistics, health). We also encourage bloggers from all backgrounds to apply, ranging from teenagers to learned professors.
Moving on to prizes: as good luck would have it, the winner gets a cool £1,000 with three runner-ups pocketing £100 each. If you’re thinking of applying (which you should be), do be quick about it since self-nominations are open until 15 October 2012.
Good luck! And if you win, do feel free to brag about it.