Royal Society seeks sponsor for Science Books Prize

Royal Society seeks sponsor for Science Books Prize

The Royal Society is looking for a sponsor to help expand its 2016 Science Books Prize.

The prize was previously funded by Winton Capital from 2011 to 2015. The Royal Society is funding the 2016 prize, but is looking for a sponsor to help with the expansion.

This year’s prize will celebrate the best of 2016’s new popular science writing for a general adult readership. The prize is open to science books written for a non-specialist audience and the winner will receive £25,000, with authors shortlisted receiving £2,500.

Books submitted for the prize must have been published for the first time in English during 2015 and be available to buy in the UK. The prize is now accepting entries, with full prize details are available at the Society’s website. The deadline for submissions is 8th April 2016.

The 2016 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, which will celebrate the best books that communicate science to young people, is also open for entries with the same deadline of 10th February 2016.

Last year, the prize celebrated its first solo female winner with Gaia Vince’s Adventures in the Anthropocene (Chatto & Windus).

The Royal Society Science Books Prize is not the only prize in search of a sponsor. Last year, the IMPAC prize revealed it was on the look out for sponsorship after the trust fund established to back to prize ran dry last year. The Samuel Johnson Prize recently struck a new partnership deal with Baillie Gifford.