We're truly excited to announce the winners and runners up of our 2013 non-fiction writing competition. Thanks to everyone who entered and who gave our judges an enjoyable and challenging job. Read on to explore the winning entries...
We set a pretty tough challenge with this competition. First of all, in our Imaginative Science Writing category, we weren't looking for just any old science writing - we asked for pieces of creative non-fiction (read more on what we mean by this). We also asked you to submit entries in two more unusual categories: Non-Fiction Poetry and Graphic Non-Fiction. AND we asked that entries in all these categories conveyed some stem cell or regenerative medicine science in a way that any non-scientist could understand and enjoy. It was a tall order and we were delighted with your responses. Entries came from students, patients, artists, writers and scientists in 18 countries - a big well done to you all.
Barbara Melville is now working on a blog containing her overall reflections on the entries, their strengths and some common mistakes. Look out for that in the coming weeks. We'll also be holding an event in Edinburgh, UK on 23rd October 2013 to celebrate the winners and to discuss creative non-fiction formats and their use in science communication.There will be an exciting panel of experts so watch this space for more on this event and how to sign up.
Now, without further ado, here come the winners and runners up. Read on and enjoy, or skip ahead to read Tales from Within, Imaginative non-fiction on Stem Cells - the booklet featuring competition winners and runners up.
- The Beginning by Sarah Byrne uses imaginative story telling to discuss leukaemia and the nature of stem cells.
Roger Highfield on The Beginning:
"The Beginning uses multiple viewpoints to tell a beautiful, haunting story about the Janus-like nature of cell multiplication, one where the stem cell bridges the harmony of multi-cellularity and the anarchy of cancer."
- He Blew me a Kiss by Eliot North is a poem exploring Parkinson's disease and its effects.
Emily Dodd on He Blew me a Kiss:
"He Blew Me a Kiss combines sensitivity of the subject with a well-crafted narrative."
- Getting the Ball Rolling by Naomi Moris uses graphics to introduce us to the science of embryonic stem cells.
Edward Ross on Get the Ball Rolling:
"This piece was a really good example of the communicative power of comics. It took a complex idea and explained it clearly and in an entertaining way, using both text and visuals to tell the story. A great example of science communication and a nice comic too!"
- The Language of the Niche by Mark Craddock uses imaginative storytelling to weave classic literature with stem cell science
- In the Mind of an Axon by Hélène Gautier is a poem offering a personal take on regeneration and multiple sclerosis
- Rescued by Stem Cells by Anthony Obaro is a personal poem exploring an innovative stem cell treatment
We couldn't give prizes to everyone, but there were a few pieces that stood out for their creative approach and technical skill. They were:
- The Tragedy of David Vetter by Michael Florea
- The China Doll by Ralph Wainer
- Letter to the Professor by Duncan Miller
Contact for enquiries
If you have press or other enquiries about the competition, please contact Barbara Melville at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 7989 671 981.