We’re on the lookout for the next Tim Harford – someone that can tell a complex statistical story in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If you think you’ve got what it takes, and are within the first 10 years of your statistical career, we want to hear from you.
Each year, Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society hosts a competition to promote and encourage top-class writing about statistics. This year’s competition closes on 30 May 2014.
The rules of entry are simple. Send us your best article, of between 1,800 and 3,000 words, on the subject of your choosing. The article could be on work that you have done, or it could explain the work of others.
Last year’s winner, Damjan Vukcevic, wrote about using probability distributions to decide how many people to invite to his wedding. You can read his article here, or listen here to his interview with Tim Harford on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less.
Our other finalists wrote about predicting children's blood groups, the workforce participation of disabled persons, and public views of the statistical profession and statistical tests.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to write about, as long as you follow these basic guidelines:
Three finalists this year will be invited to present their work at a special session of the Royal Statistical Society Conference in Sheffield, and that is where the overall winner will be announced. The winning article will be published in Significance.
How to enter
Please email your submissions in a text/Word file or as a PDF, to Jennifer.Rogers@lshtm.ac.uk.
30th May 2014