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Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence

Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting

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Applications for Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. The prize seeks to honor 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. Eligible writing includes work appearing in digital media.


Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting has the following prizes

  • The honoree receives an award of $3,000 and a certificate. The prize is presented at a joint awards ceremony held in conjunction with ScienceWriters, a conference that combines CASW’s New Horizons in Science briefings and the National Association of Science Writers Annual Workshops.
  • Awardee travel expenses to the award ceremony are covered.


  • Editors, colleagues, scientists and others familiar with the candidate’s body of work may proffer nominations.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves, but are encouraged to submit at least one letter of support from a knowledgeable colleague.
  • Nominators of candidates for the 2021 prize may submit up to five examples of the candidate’s journalistic endeavors, all published or aired since January 2016.
  • Books are not eligible.
  • Submitted work must be published in English-language media that reach a US audience.
  • Letters of nomination should include an assessment of the nominee’s body of work along with a biographical sketch.


Nominators and candidates may submit materials at http://casw.submittable.com/submit during the submission window beginning each January 1. Letters of support may be uploaded either as part of the nomination package or via a separate submission form provided for recommenders.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 June,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerCouncil for the Advancement of Science Writing



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