To submit a letter on behalf of a candidate, please select "Letter of support."
The Clark/Payne Award and Victor Cohn Prize will be listed on this site when the nomination period for each award begins on January 1 of each year. The deadlines for those submissions are June 30 and July 31, respectively. The application period for New Horizons in Science travel fellowships opens on July 1 each year.
For additional details on fellowships and awards, visit the CASW website.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is committed to improving the quality of science news reaching the public. Comprised of a panel of distinguished journalists and scientists, CASW develops and funds programs to help reporters and writers produce accurate and informative stories about developments in science, technology, medicine and the environment.
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CASW established the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science
Reporting in 2000. The prize, given annually, honors a
writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five
years which, for reasons of uncommon clarity, accuracy, breadth of
coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power, has made
a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and
understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact
on human health and well-being.
Work appearing in digital media is eligible. If an entry includes work that cannot be submitted but must be viewed online, the nominee should arrange access for the judges and explain the arrangement in the submission form.
Editors, colleagues, scientists and others familiar with the candidate's body of work may proffer nominations. Individuals may nominate themselves, but are encouraged to send at least one letter of support from a knowledgeable colleague. Nominators may submit up to five examples of the candidate's journalistic endeavors, all published or aired since January 2012. Books are not eligible. Letters of nomination should include an assessment of the nominee's body of work along with a biographical sketch.
An account is required to submit. After you click "Create Account and Continue," you will be able to access the submission form.
For further information about the prize, see this page.
If you are a nominator or supporter wishing to submit only a letter in support of a candidate, use the Letter of Support submission form.
If you have been nominated in a previous year and would like to update your nomination materials, you may use this form to do so. In place of the nomination letter, simply enter text explaining that you are submitting an update.
SPECIAL NOTICE: In July 2016 CASW launched Showcase, an online collection of award-winning science writing. We expect the winner of the Victor Cohn Prize to allow us to include a sample of the winning work in this database or to assist us in securing the necessary permission to do so. See the "terms and conditions" section of the form for details.
- a letter of support for a candidate for the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting (to submit a nomination package, please use the Victor Cohn Prize form)
- a letter of support for a candidate for the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for a Young Science Journalist
- a recommendation of an applicant for a Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowship or Taylor/Blakeslee Project Fellowship
- a recommendation of an applicant for a New Horizons travel fellowship
- The form accepts both uploaded documents and text entered on the page. To access the form, you will need to create an account.
Applicants and nominees should not use this form to submit materials.