The winner of the 2017 SCRIPT Award will be announced in late Spring 2017. To receive an email notification of the Award decision, please send a request to
In general, we try to give positive feedback, to encourage aspiring writers. When judging the submissions, however, the reasons we discounted many submissions began to form a pattern. We thought it would be useful to share these criticisms with anyone interested in entering next year.
Common reasons epics didn't win:
- They were not epics (i.e. stories with a grand theme).
- Too many or too few words (must be exactly 100 words). This is a particularly heart-rending reason for losing: for $1000, it’s worth counting the words more than once! Remember the 100 words EXCLUDES the title. Hyphenated words, contractions and abbreviations count as one word.
- The author didn't have (or wasn't a student of) a postgraduate science degree, diploma, or a healthcare qualification.
- Spelling and grammar mistakes
- Included editorial commentary "explaining" metaphors/comparisons to the reader – leave people to draw their own conclusion from your great writing!
- Tried too hard to sound fancy/smart/scientific (remember that NON-scientific themes are encouraged)
- Too cryptic. It's hard to find a balance between being too cryptic and too obvious (see point 5). In the middle lies a winner.