The Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism is awarded to an Australian journalist or journalists whose work is judged as having expertly crafted a story from the wide world of science – including technological, engineering, mathematical or medical topics – into an engaging and accurate narrative for the public.




The Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long Form Science Journalism seeks to reward creative, clear and accurate science writing.

Employing the tools of storytelling to create factually accurate scientific narratives is a powerful means of engaging the public and keeping them abreast of the changing landscape of science.

This landscape ranges from science to science policy and science history as well as work that presents the social or economic contributions of science and technology.

The prize is intended to encourage the continuing quality of science journalism in Australia, and editorial support for quality science journalism in our newspapers, magazines and online.

Judging criteria

Judges will be examining entries against the following judging criteria:

  1. Newsworthiness: timely work that encourages debate on, or adds to understanding of, current issues
  2. Depth and detail: diverse coverage of issues or discoveries, and the quality of science explanation involved
  3. Impact: work is noteworthy for illuminating scientific significance of a discovery or its potential benefit to society.
  4. Scientific accuracy: work is factually correct, objective and well researched
  5. Effectiveness: work makes a balanced and significant contribution to greater public understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues or developments in science
  6. Creativity in communicating concepts and ideas: work engenders interest by using creative and clear communication
  7. Appropriateness of content: material is pitched at the right level in terms of complexity and technical issues for the audience involved

The judges will give emphasis to work that informs and influences public and/or corporate attitudes to science or to significant issues in science.

Prize specific conditions of entry

The prize is open to single authors and co-authored work (maximum two individuals).

Material entered must be a single piece of work between 2,500 and 4,500 words in length.

Entry is open to journalists who have self-published, including blogs.

Work entered in this prize must have been published for the first time in the Australian media or online in the 12 months prior to the closing date of entries.

Entrants are required to declare and disclose any subsequent corrections or challenges to the accuracy of an entry or claims of plagiarism or defamation against the work submitted.

All entrants must be a) Australian citizens, b) Australian permanent residents, or c) New Zealand citizens who were resident in Australia at the time the work was undertaken. Where the entry is by multiple authors, all authors must satisfy these requirements.

Work entered must adhere to the highest ethical standard of investigative journalism – including the MEAA Code of Ethics.

Where content from other sources is incorporated for purposes of proper coverage of the topic, this must be attributed.

The following are NOT eligible for this prize:

  • multimedia packages
  • work which is only edited by, and not originally produced by, the entrant(s)
  • whole websites
  • bodies of work

Entry forms must be submitted online by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. Completed hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum after this time will not be considered. Hard copy entries will not be considered until and unless an online entry form has been completed. Entries with incomplete sets of supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.

General conditions of entry - Science Engagement prizes

The activity entered for this prize may not be entered for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

A project that has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry.

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the entered work for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrants in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum for promotional and publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements and press releases. Entrants may be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum however such use will only be in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience problems uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry after the close of entries.

Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

How to enter

  1. Complete an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 and print a copy.
  2. Prepare six sets of the entry, with each set consisting of:
    a. a printed copy of the online entry form as submitted, which includes a statement of 200 words describing the circumstances behind the entry, e.g. the origin of the idea, effort in making it a reality, difficulties encountered or any other matter the entrant considers relevant for consideration by the judges.
    b. the relevant material being entered (not necessarily originals).
  3. Submit six complete and separate sets of the entry clipped together (not bound). Please DO NOT bother with elaborate presentation when submitting the entry. This will be removed before material is sent to judges.

The entry should be sent to:
Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism
Australian Museum
1 William Street

The entry must be received at the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. Entries received after this time will not be considered. We recommend that you use a trackable mail system (such as Express Post, registered mail or a courier) as proof of send date.

When you have successfully submitted your entry, you will receive confirmation via email. Receipt of hard copy entries will be confirmed by Friday 17 May 2019. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or via email