Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists

Deadline: 30 June 2020
Open to:
applicants aged 30 or younger
Benefits: the 2020 winner will receive USD 1,000 and expenses to attend Science Writers 2020 in Colorado


Now in its 31st year, CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award was created to recognize the contributions to the journalism of both Ev Clark and Seth Payne.

The award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science.

The award is given in memory of Ev Clark, a veteran journalist at Business Week, The New York Times and Newsweek, and Seth Payne, his long-time friend and colleague at Business Week and a founder of the award. It is designed to carry on the work of both men, who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.


The award is limited to non-technical, print, and online journalism. Articles published in newspapers (including college newspapers), magazines, newsletters, and websites are eligible. Both freelancers and staff writers are eligible. (Books, as well as articles in technical journals and trade association publications, are not eligible).

Science writing includes, but is not limited to, writing in the biological, physical, environmental, computer, and space sciences, along with technology, mathematics, health, and science policy.

Entries will be judged on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, resourcefulness, and timeliness.

Applicants must be age 30 or younger. The 2020 award will be limited to those applicants whose 31st birthday is July 1, 2020, or later.

How to Apply?

They may be submitted online through the CASW fellowships and awards site.

For more information, please visit the official web page.