Interested in a science writing competition? Got writing skills you want to share? Then listen up!

If you’re a budding writer and a scientist then this is your chance to share your experiences with other scientists. Maybe even pass on some words of wisdom to the next batch of scientists. At Tipbox we’re all about trying to make your life in the lab a little bit easier, and now we’d like you to get involved. Oh, and win some prizes while you’re at it!


What do we want?

We want you to write a short article about your time in science: maybe you have an awesome story about how you landed your PhD; maybe you have some great advice on what to do afterwards; perhaps there are some things you’d like to tell your younger self; maybe all your experiments failed, the gel tank burst into flames, and your supervisor decided it was all your fault, but somehow you persevered! Whatever it is, we want to hear about it. We want you to inspire other scientists (failing that, just making them interested or moderately amused works for us).

Some specifics:

  • 1,000 word limit
  • Add as many images as you like (make sure you own these images, though!)
  • Write something genuine, something that other scientists will relate to
  • When you submit your entry, include a picture of yourself (if you want to), a short bio (who you are, what you do, where you work – 50 words max), your blog if you have one, and your twitter handle if you have one

Submit your entries to: with the subject “writing competition”

The deadline for entries to the competition: 31 July 2017


What’s in it for you?

Fame, prestige, and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping your fellow scientists! Okay, and some awesome prizes.

1st place

  • The Super Awesome Ultimate Writer’s Reading Bundle: a collection of these awesome books
    • The Sense of Style: The Thinking’s Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Steven Pinker)
    • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Roy Peter Clark)
    • Science Blogging: The Essential Guide (Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire, and Jason G. Goldman)
    • Stylish Academic Writing (Helen Sword)
    • The Elements of Style (William Strunk Jr and EB White)
    • Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Lynne Truss)
    • A Field Guide for Science Writers (Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig)
  • Published and promoted on the Tipbox*

2nd place

  • A £20 Amazon voucher (or local currency equivalent)
  • Published and promoted on Tipbox*

3rd place

  • Published and promoted on Tipbox*

*We’ll promote this through our Twitter account, @abcam. All articles will be fully attributed to you, and we’ll even link to your own blog if you have one.


What are you waiting for? We’d love to hear about your life in science and I bet other scientists would as well!

Fancy writing for Tipbox? Got an awesome story to tell? Then we want to hear! Drop us an email at with story pitches, ideas, hilarious bants, or maybe you just want a bit of a chat. Whatever it is, we want it. And then we'll share it. You may or may not become instantly famous.