How to enter

The call for entries for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is now closed.

Animations for the 2014 shortlisted titles, courtesy of the London College of Communication

Entry process

  1. Each book entered must be submitted by the book’s publisher.
  2. Ensure you have read all the terms of entry on this page before submitting your entry/entries.
  3. For each book you are entering,
    • Complete the full online entry form. A separate form must be completed for each book.
    • Send seven copies (non-returnable) of each book to the address below:
      The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
      6-9 Carlton House Terrace
      SW1Y 5AG
      United Kingdom
  4. Entry forms must be completed by 6pm (BST) on Friday 10 April 2015. Books must arrive by 30 April 2015.
    • Courier contact for delivery: 020 7451 2500
    • Books require no cover note and may be sent directly from the warehouse.


  1. The subject matter of the books entered may include any aspect of popular science and technology, including biographies of scientists and technologists, and histories of science and technology.
  2. The Prize rewards books that best contribute to making science more accessible to public adult audiences. Judges will look for books they deem stimulating, engaging, clear, accessible, and high-quality. These books might challenge people’s views that science is too difficult, boring, or inaccessible.
  3. The judges’ interpretation of “popular science books” excludes books published primarily for scientific, professional or specialist audiences and pure reference works including encyclopaedias, educational textbooks, and descriptive books. The judges’ decision on the eligibility of an entry is final.
  4. Books in the same series may be judged together or separately, at the sole discretion of the judges.
  5. The first publication in English must have been between 1 March 2014 and 30 September 2015 inclusive for all books entered. The only exception is for any books in which any member of the judging panel has a direct involvement, which may be deferred for consideration in the following year.
  6. Books entered must be in the English language
  7. Books entered which haven’t been published yet are eligible as long as preview copies of the book (proof or manuscripts) are available by the 30 April 2015.
  8. There is no restriction on the geographical location of the publisher of any entry. There are no restrictions on the nationality, age or any other characteristic of the author(s) or illustrator(s) of any entry.
  9. The copies entered must be paper-based and bound. For printed books we would expect the latest edition of the paperback or hardback. For eBooks we would expect the current edition of the eBook, printed and bound. Electronic book submissions will not be accepted.
  10. Publishers may submit as many books as they wish and are encouraged to do so.
  11. There is no charge to enter.


  1. The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 (the Prize) will be awarded to the author(s) of a book that is judged to best meet with these terms of entry.
  2. Books must be submitted by the publisher. The submission of an author’s work by the publisher will be taken as agreement for their work to be considered.
  3. For 2015, prizes of up to a total of £37,500 are awarded:
    - The author of the winning book will receive £25,000
    - £2500 per book is awarded to the author(s) of up to five shortlisted books.
  4. All the prize money will be awarded as described above. Where a book has more than one author, the Royal Society will agree the allocation of the prize money with the publisher.
  5. The judging panel is appointed by the Royal Society. The judges’ decision is final.
  6. In the event of a book being shortlisted for the Prize, publishers agree that they will:
    a) contribute 25 copies of the book to be used by the Royal Society for promoting the book and the Prize.
    b) supply promptly upon notification of shortlisting, book synopsis, author biography, high-resolution electronic photographs of the author(s) and book cover cleared for perpetual, royalty-free use and distribution by the Society or its agents in any media and publicity associated with the Prize.
    c) In cooperation and agreement with the Royal Society press office, issue a press release to appropriate contacts about the book’s success in being shortlisted.
    d) Secure the participation of shortlisted authors at the event announcing the winner, which will be held at the Royal Society in London (Please note that the Prize is not able to provide accommodation or travel expenses for shortlisted authors to attend the prize ceremony).
    e) Ensure shortlisted authors are available for appropriate levels of media activities ahead of the awards ceremony. The Royal Society will issue a briefing note on nomination to the shortlist advising the expected involvement required.
    f) Make shortlisted/winning authors freely available for other public appearances and events to promote the Prize e.g. literary festivals, signings, on-line discussions and school activities, as and if they are arranged.
    g) Acknowledge the Prize in subsequent reprints, paperback editions and point of sale material of shortlisted and winning books.
  7. The winning title must mention The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books on the cover, rear or dust jacket on subsequent printings, including the paperback.
  8. The Prize is managed by the Royal Society, to whom all enquiries about the application of these regulations should be addressed. 


General enquiries about the Prize should be sent to

All media enquiries regarding the Prize should be directed to

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Call for entries 2015
The call for entries for the 2015 Prize is now closed.

Shortlist 2015
Announced in August

Previous winning, shortlisted, longlisted titles

Previous judges

The prize is supported by Winton.