Entries for the 2008 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books, which are among the world's leading non-fiction books prizes, are being accepted from today (21 November, 2007).
The prizes are made up of two awards for the best popular science books of the last year. The General Prize is open to science books written for a non-specialist audience and the Junior Prize is open to science books for children. The winners of both prizes will receive £10,000 and the authors of the short listed books £1000.
Books submitted for the prize must have been published for the first time in English during 2007 and be available to buy in the UK. Full details of the prizes' regulations and eligibility criteria and the entry form are available on the Society's website.
An online entry form must be completed for each entry, and seven non-returnable copies of each entry submitted to the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, UK by 14 January 2008.
In 2007 Can you feel the force? by Richard Hammond (Dorling Kindersley) won the Junior Prize and Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (Harper Press) won the General Prize. Other previous winners include Robert Winston, Philip Ball, Nick Arnold, Bill Bryson, Frances Dipper, Stephen Hawking, Jared Diamond, Kate Petty and Fran Balkwill.
The Royal Society is grateful to the Beecroft Trust for supporting the 2008 Prizes. The Society is seeking longer-term support for the awards from 2009 onwards.