Contest Rules

The contest year is 16 July 2020 through 15 July 2021. All entries must be submitted online on or before midnight, U.S. Pacific time, on 1 August 2021. Entries must have been originally published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year. There is no entry fee.

The awards are open to reporters doing work for independent news organizations around the world. Articles must be readily accessible to the public by subscription, newsstand sales or online access. If the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation. See online FAQ for further discussion.

You cannot enter the same story or stories in two different categories, nor may you enter a story both as an individual entry and as part of a group of stories.

At their discretion, judges and AAAS staff may move entries between categories.

Entry limit: Entrants may submit up to THREE entries in all (across one or more categories).

The following are not eligible for the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards:

  • Items published originally in AAAS publications or produced by AAAS.

  • Items by employees of AAAS (including those on the masthead of Science magazine) or The Kavli Foundation. 

Winners of the 2020 awards are not eligible. Individuals who have won three times are no longer eligible.

Read the official contest rules.