The competition runs until the end of May. Three finalists will be selected in June, with the winner announced in July at the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards ceremony. The winning article will be published in the October issue of Significance, and online at significancemagazine.com. Runners-up may also be published online or in print at the editor’s discretion.
The winning author and runners-up will be invited to give presentations based on their articles at a special session of the Royal Statistical Society International Conference (3–6 September 2018 in Cardiff, Wales).
- The competition is open to students currently studying for a degree, Master’s or PhD in statistics or related subjects; graduates whose last qualification in statistics or related subjects (whether degree, Master’s or PhD) was not more than five years ago;
- The rules of entry are simple: submit your best article, of between 1500 and 2500 words, on the subject of your choosing.
In past years, winning submissions have been based on original analyses produced specifically for the competition. This does take work, but it often results in a unique and compelling article. You can write about work you have done as part of your studies, or during your career, but if these articles draw on previously published work, you must ensure that the competition submission is sufficiently different in terms of style and structure. You can also write about the work of others, but this must be in the form of a critique or wider overview of a subject area.