The IHDP Secretariat's Writing Contest is open again! Young scholars are invited to take part and write an article for the second issue of the DIMENSIONS magazine, to be published in late fall 2012. The issue will focus on the human dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and will be directed towards a wider audience, including non-scientists interested in the topic. Upon expiry of the submission deadline, the Secretariat will select up to five winners to be awarded cash prizes - and will publish their work in the magazine (print and online).
Cash prizes will be as follows:
1st Place - $ 500
2nd Place - $ 200
3rd - 5th Place - $ 100 each
Who is eligible?
The contest is open to young scholars from all over the world (graduate students, PhD students or postdocs). Scholars from developing countries are particularly encouraged to take part.
Articles must address a significant issue relating to the human dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Topics may focus on, but are not limited to, challenges for the developing world or the close inter-linkages that occur across biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being.
While the subject matter may cover political, technological, economic or social aspects, contestants should seek to write an article that is understandable to a non-scientific audience, ideally offering a narrative and avoiding the use of too many technical terms. Winning articles will be written in engaging, non-scientific language, and will offer an interesting and easy read. Contributions in the style of an academic paper will not be accepted.
Entries are not to exceed 3,000 words and must be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com by August 31, 2012, including “Writing Contest” in the subject line. Contestants are asked to provide a short paragraph about themselves stating their date of birth and field of research. All submissions will be reviewed carefully. The five winners will be announced on the IHDP website and social media channels and informed via email.
To find out more about DIMENSIONS magazine and download the first issue, please click here.
*Employees of the IHDP Secretariat (UNU-IHDP) and their dependents are excluded from entry. No recourse to legal action is permitted. UNU-IHDP reserves the right to award a smaller number of articles, depending on accordance with the selection criteria.