Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017

Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Submit entries for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017. The Prize celebrates outstanding popular science books from around the world and is open to authors of science books written for a non-specialist audience. Over the decades it has championed writers such as Stephen Hawking, Jared Diamond, Gaia Vince and recently Andrea Wulf.


  • The author of the winning book receives £25,000 and £2,500 each is awarded to the authors of the five shortlisted books. The winner will be announced in September.


  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Books in the same series may be judged together or separately, at the sole discretion of the judges;
  • The first publication in English must have been between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 inclusive for all books entered. The only exceptions are 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;
    • The Chair of Judges has agreed there have been extenuating circumstances;
  • Books entered must be in the English language;
  • 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 April 10, 2017;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Publishers may submit as many books as they wish and are encouraged to do so;
  • There is no charge to enter.

Application Process

  • Each book entered must be submitted by the book’s publisher;
  • Ensure you have read all the terms of entry on this page before submitting your entry/entries;
  • For each book you are entering you will need to:
  • Complete an 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 Insight Investment Science Book Prize
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
United Kingdom

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