The Finkel Foundation Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Journalism is awarded for an engaging, accurate and expertly crafted story focused on a scientific topic.



Assessment criteria

Judges will be examining entries against the following assessment criteria.

  1. Newsworthiness

    Timely work that encourages debate on, or adds to understanding of, current issues.

  2. Depth and detail

    Thorough 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. Creativity in communicating concepts and ideas

    Work engenders interest by using creative and clear communication

  6. Appropriateness of content

    Material is pitched at the right level in terms of complexity and technical issues for the audience involved.

Prize specific conditions of entry

This prize is open only to individual authors. Entries consisting of more than one individual are ineligible.

Material entered must be a single piece of work between 2,000 and 8,000 words in length.

For the purposes of this prize, ‘scientific topic’ refers to the full breadth of STEMM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical topics.

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 Entry Deadline.

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.

Entrants must be a) an Australian citizen, b) an Australian permanent resident or c) a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, at the time the activity entered was undertaken.

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

Category specific conditions of entry – all Science Engagement Eureka 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.

In addition to the prize and category specific conditions of entry all entrants need to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Entry.

Entry materials

Each entry must include the following information. All information provided will be used by the judging panel to assess the work entered against the assessment criteria.

  1. Entered work

    The work you have chosen to enter

  2. Statement

    350 words (maximum)

    A statement by the entrant describing how the entered work meets the assessment criteria.

Entries to the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes have closed.