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2019 National Academies Communication Award, Deadline February 8

The National Academies Communication Awards will present prizes to individuals or teams who have developed creative, original work that addresses issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Book; Film/ Radio/TV; Magazine/Newspaper; and Online. The winners will be honored in the fall 2019 and are expected to attend in person.

To be considered for a 2019 Communication Award, the work should:
• be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;
• demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;
• address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;
• cover topics that have an impact on society; and
• have been published, broadcasted, or released in 2018, in the United States and in English.
Material primarily intended for children, reference books, and textbooks are not eligible for consideration. Candidates may be individuals or teams of not more than four people. Academies’ employees are not eligible and posthumous awards are not permitted. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the work for which a candidate or team is nominated must have been published or broadcasted in 2018.

Timeline for 2019 Communication Awards
February 8 – Nomination process closes; all nominations must be submitted online.
February 15 – All supporting materials must be received or nomination is invalid. Please see specific category for required supporting materials.
Fall 2019 (TBD) – Winners to be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The nomination process closes on February 8, 2019; copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category by February 15, 2019. Self-nominations are permitted; there is no nomination fee. Nominators are encouraged to submit to the category that most closely describes the work(s) nominated. Supporting materials will not be returned.

Make a nomination.

Books must have been published in the U.S. in 2018 to be considered. Two copies of the book should have been submitted. The publisher and year of publication must have been printed in the book. Advance publication dates must include verification from the publisher.

Works in this category must have aired on a U.S. station or had been released in U.S. theaters or on DVD in 2018 and included a single story or movie, a series, or as many as six brief, unrelated stories. Submitted links to the segments (to be active until October 31, 2019), or three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee’s name(s), the title(s) included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must have been submitted in protective cases and include authorization allowing the National Academies to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes (copyright release). Submission of copies of the program transcript is also encouraged. If you are not able to provide a copyright release, you should have submitted 20 copies of the CD or DVD.

Work in this category must have been published in the U.S. in 2018, and comprised a single article or as many as four articles that were unrelated or that constituted a formal series. Submitted links to the articles (to be active until October 31, 2019); a PDF of article(s) (3MB max per article), or three original copies of each article. Review materials should clearly show the byline and the name and date of the publication and authorization allowing the National Academies to reproduce the article for review purposes (copyright release). If you are not able to provide a copyright release, 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s) should have been sent to Submit in the format in which you prefer your work(s) to be reviewed.

Works in this category should have included as many as six blog entries, hypertext documents, videos, podcasts, commentaries, data visualizations, interactive components, etc., or any combination thereof, created specifically for the Web that were posted online in 2018. Preference given to nominations that made the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporated a combination of writings, features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication medium. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s). Links must be active through October 31, 2019.

Questions? Please email

Winners and finalists will be announced early Fall 2019.