Science writing competition

To recognise outstanding written talents by research scientists (pre-doc, post-doctoral, permanent scientist and PI ) and promote science cutting-edge science we are running our ‘Esprits Curieux’ Science Writing Competition “Scientific Tale for Toddles “ and invite you to submit your entry!

To enter you will need to submit an original piece of writing in the spirit of ‘Esprits Cureiux’ book collection for kids to  This could be a one-two pages tale for 3-6 year old kid about science topic your are specialist in. Scientific credibility and and fun are wellcome.

•    The two winning stories will be illustrated and published in ‘Esprits Curieux’.
•    Winning authors will receive a cash prize – author rights for their book.


Early deadline: 3 Jan 2021
Late deadline (submissions closed): 1 Feb 2021

Eligibility and guidelines

The competition is open to all scientists.

Writing Entry should contain:

A. Title and subtitle
B. Short description (one to three sentences)
C: Actual story for kids – up to 1000 words. In the story humanized hero’s (cells, proteins, electrons or other) should participate in exciting scientific phenomenons (morphogenesis, proteins syntesis, magnetic currents or other).
D. Glossary – up to 300 words. Glossary for parents to explain what are characters and phenomenons.

Entries will be judged by scientists and proffessional youth editor to ensure scientific accuracy, the accessibility to kids and the interest to the general public. 10 top pre-selected short descriptions will be subject of online votes.
Two winners will be selected editor.

Please contact Actine Association Organizers ( for any enquiries.