How to enter

The call for entries for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is now open.

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,
    • Books should be mailed to:

      The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
      6-9 Carlton House Terrace
      SW1Y 5AG
      United Kingdom

      to arrive by 6pm (GMT) on Friday 28 February 2014.
      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 January 2013 and 28 February 2014 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 must be available for purchase in the UK through a UK bookstore or through an online retailer at time of entry. Books that are in the process of being reprinted at the time of entry (eg as paperback when originally published as hardback) are acceptable.
  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 2014 (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 2014, 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 longlisted for a 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 longlisting, 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.
  7. In the event of a book being shortlisted for a Prize, in addition to the provisions in 6 above, publishers agree that they will:
    a) contribute 25 additional copies of the book to be used for judging and promoting the book and the Prize;
    b) 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;
    c) 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);
    d) 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;
    e) Make shortlisted/winning authors freely available for other public appearances and events to promote the Prize eg literary festivals, signings, on-line discussions and school activities, as and if they are arranged;
    f) Acknowledge the Prize in subsequent reprints, paperback editions and point of sale material of shortlisted and winning books.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Winner 2013
The Particle at the End of the Universe

Shortlist 2013
Download the first chapters from the shortlisted books

Call for entries
Entry to the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize is now closed. The call for entries for the 2015 Prize will open in November this year.

The prize is supported by Winton Capital Management.