The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.
- Secondary 3 and 4 students
- IP Schools Year 3 and 4 students
- International students aged 15-16 years old studying in Singapore
- Junior College 1 and 2 students
- IP Schools Year 5 and 6 students
- ITE and Polytechnic students
- International students aged 17-18 years old studying in Singapore
- Your story must incorporate the theme of science and technology, and must be between 1,500 to 3,000 words.
- Entries which have been submitted or published, or have won prizes, in local or overseas competitions will not be eligible.
- Co-produced entries are accepted as one entry.
- Late submissions will not be considered for the competition.
- Multiple entries are allowed, but stories must be clearly labelled and titled to avoid confusion.
- Be submitted in this format:
- Typewritten in English
- Font type: Arial
- Font size: 12 point
- Maintain a 1.5-line spacing, with a 1-inch margin on all sides
- A4-page setting
- Have at least 1,500 words and a maximum of 3,000 words per entry
- Have a separate cover page that includes:
- Your full name
- Your school
- Title of your essay
- Have the title indicated at the top right hand corner of each page of your manuscript
- State the total number of words written at the end of your manuscript
- Number each page of your manuscript
- Be submitted through the online registration portal and all registration fields must be completed during the online submission
- Be attached and submitted through the online registration portal in Word Document (doc/docx)
The submission deadline for the competition is 30 April 2017, 11.59pm.
The finalists and winners of the writing competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony, in early 2018.
An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm your online submission. If you do not receive an email notification within three days from your submission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6517 1957 for clarification.
Your stories will be judged on the following criteria:
- Interesting setting, creative use of scenario, with inclusion of at least some mention of Science and/or Technology (30%)
- Originality and completeness of storyline (30%)
- Organisation, development of ideas expressed and usefulness or appropriateness of examples where relevant (20%)
- Consistency of language usage, proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, variety in sentence structure and range of vocabulary (20%)
- (Bonus) Incorporating R&D setting or promoting understanding of technological innovation through research in storyline (5%)
All submitted essays and all rights to their publication become the property of IHPC, which may use, edit and extract these essays for publicity/research and student outreach purposes.
Personal particulars of all entrants will remain confidential and known only to competition secretariat during the competition. The names and contact details of the entrants may be made known to the judges after the competition is completed.
In the event of media interview requests with the prize winners, IHPC will seek prior consent of the winners and their schools.
Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three stories in each category. Prizes will be awarded according to per entry and not the number of writers.
For further enquiries and information, please contact email@example.com or call 6517 1957 during office hours.