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Second Annual Space Journalism Prize

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Mar 8, 2006 8:27 pm
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SpaceShot founder and CEO Sam Dinkin announces the second annual Space Journalism Prize. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the best article from January to September 2005 to promote human spacefaring.

New this year, The Space Fellowship announces the first Popular Space Journalism Prize, the 100 € prize will be awareded to the best article from January to September 2005 chosen by public voting to promote human spacefaring.

Submissions are being accepted starting now with a deadline of April 7, 2006.

“Last year we got dozens of submissions from authors around the world,” said Sam Dinkin, CEO of SpaceShot and founder of the Space Journalism Prize. “The goal of this prize is to further the discussion of spaceflight. We hope to open space for average people, not just government
astronauts and wealthy people.”

Last year the prize went to Eli Kintisch for a multi-part story on the Ansari X-Prize. Mr. Kintisch is now one of three judges for this year’s prize. Also judging will be Sam Dinkin and Jeff Foust of The Space Review.

Entries will be judged for the non popular prize on four criteria:

  • Impact: how did this article improve the image of human spacefaring and influence policy, the media, and the public;
  • Originality: finding an unusual topic or a clever angle on an old topic;
  • Quality of the writing; and
  • Research: the accuracy and depth of the material used in the article.

All articles must be written in English and be between 500 and 5,000 words in length. The winner will be notified by the prize committee no later than May 7, 2006. There will also be an award ceremony at an upcoming space conference.

“Given all the important progress being made in spaceflight this year, I know we will have some fantastic submissions,” said Dinkin.
For the complete rules and further submission information please go to www.spacejournalism.com

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