Scholarly Writing Challenge

What is the Scholarly Writing Challenge?

The challenge provides high school students (grades 10-12 or equivalent) around the world with an opportunity to showcase their scientific writing and obtain valuable feedback on their work. Students are encouraged to submit scholarly papers ranging in format from original research manuscripts to literature reviews. The challenge aims to prepare high school students interested in STEM for the world of research and science publishing.


It is required that submissions include a Title, Authors and any affiliates (for example a mentor at a laboratory). It is also highly recommended that submissions follow all the instructions for Original Articles, Ethical Guidelines, and Article Format, as stated on the STEM Fellowship Journal website.


All submissions will be judged by a joint committee of the student editorial board, reviewers, and the scholarly writing challenge team. Submissions will be judged on the basis of originality and creativity, clarity and organization of writing, and application of scientific concepts.


Selected winners may have the opportunity to have their submissions published in the peer-reviewed, open-access STEM Fellowship Journal ., after passing the STEM Fellowship Journal submission process.

More details on prizes below:

A $500 prize provided by Canadian Science Publishing will be awarded to the best submission and four certificates for best in the categories of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and Literature Review as well as annual subscriptions to select Canadian Science Publishing journals.

The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) is a proud sponsor of STEM Fellowship’s Scholarly Writing Challenge, and will be offering a $300 cash prize, and a free one-year SCWIST membership, in recognition of an outstanding project by a female student.

The deadline is November 15, 2021, 11:59 PM EST. Reviewing of submissions will occur from November – January and the results of the competition should be posted by early February.


  1. To be eligible, participants must be high school students (grades 10-12 or equivalent – inclusive of those who have just graduated grade 9 and grade 12).
  2. The submission is the participant’s own original work and has not been previously published.
  3. Submissions must be in Word Format and must follow the guidelines below. 
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. There is no official word limit, but we request you follow the guidelines posted.
  6. IB Extended Essays can be submitted, however, one should make sure they fit all the criteria below. IB extended essays must be first marked by IB before being submitted. The challenge is neither partial nor impartial to IB Extended Essay submissions.
  7. AP Capstone submissions are allowed and follow similar guidelines to IB extended essay submissions.
  8. Collaborations for submissions are allowed with up to two main contributors.
  9. Papers must be in English.

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2020 Scholarly Writing Challenge!

We will be in touch with the winners for coordinating the prizes. Congratulations to those who won!

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