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ABOUT SCIENCE CHRONICLES

Science Chronicles is a science fiction writing competition organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Launched in 2007, the competition aims to foster a new generation of scientific thinkers and writers who let their imagination reign free when it comes to the infinite potential of science and technology.

Science Chronicles is open to all students in Singapore between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.

Students are given free reign to pen their literary creations while including elements of science and technology within their storyline.

Science Chronicles is a literary quest that seeks to:

  • Identify budding writers among the student cohort
  • Promote the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to everyone
  • Encourage imaginative thoughts of science and technology of the future among students
  • Build a new breed of scientific thinkers and visionaries – who can fuse the applications of science and research with the art of imaginative literary creation.

This year, the Science Chronicles will introduce a new element to the competition. Besides the writing competition, Science Chronicles will call for science fiction stories through video submissions.

WRITING COMPETITION

The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

CATEGORY A CATEGORY B
  • 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.

Essays must:

  • 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 has been extended to 31 May 2017, 11.59pm.

The finalists and winners of the writing competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony.

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 sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg 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%)

Copyright

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.

Privacy

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.

Cat A Cat B
First Prize $400.00 $400.00
Second Prize $200.00 $200.00
Third Prize $120.00 $120.00
Consolation Prize $30.00 $30.00

For further enquiries and information, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 during office hours.

VIDEO COMPETITION

The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

CATEGORY A CATEGORY B
  • 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
  • The short videos must be within 5 minutes (including credits). The videos can be of any genre (comedy, documentary, thriller, action, etc., and must incorporate the theme of science and technology.
  • The video should be accompanied with a title and a short synopsis of less than 100 words.
  • The videos can be produced using any available tools such as mobile phones, digital cameras or video cameras, or animation software, as long as they are submitted in the stated format and compression.
  • 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 videos must be clearly labelled and titled to avoid confusion.
  • Videos must be submitted in .mov format with h264 compression.
  • Videos should preferably be in HD1080p.
  • Videos should be uploaded in a download link (such as wetransfer or dropbox).
  • If the Organiser is unable to download the video from the download link, or is unable to open the submitted video, the submission will automatically be disqualified.
  • The submission deadline has been extended to 31 May 2017, 11.59pm.
  • The finalists and winners of the video competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony.
  • 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 sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 for clarification.

Your videos 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%)
  • Overall quality of video, including (but not limited to) camera framing, sound quality, and editing (20%)
  • (Bonus) Incorporating R&D setting or promoting understanding of technological innovation through research in storyline (5%)

All submitted videos and all rights to their publicity become the property of IHPC, which may use, edit and extract the videos for publicity/research and student outreach purposes.

Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three videos in each category. Prizes will be awarded according to per entry and not the number of team members.

Cat A Cat B
First Prize $1,200.00 $1,500.00
Second Prize $1,000.00 $1,200.00
Third Prize $800.00 $1,000.00
Consolation Prize $400.00 $500.00

For further enquiries and information, please contact sandra@ihpc.a-star.edu.sg or call 6517 1957 during office hours.

SUBMIT ENTRY

Science Chronicles 2017 has concluded.

2017 Winners

Prize Full Name School Title of Story
1st Song Hyun Hua Methodist Girls’ School The Last Job in the World
2nd Peck Ern Hui Stephanie Methodist Girls’ School Lightspeed
3rd Tan Meng Jin Jeremy Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Aspire Infinity
3rd Lok Suet Min Sarah Raffles Girls’ School Hello, Jim.
Michele Pek Jia Hui
Ni Chenfei Emily
Finalist Lim Yi Chien Jessie Chung Cheng High School Yishun Ephemera
Finalist Hong Yi Jun Chung Cheng High School Yishun Medicure
Finalist Ethan Christian Tan Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Cradle to Grave
Finalist Alessandra Tan Dizon Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Omega
Finalist Megan Soh Minyi Cedar Girls’ Secondary School The Fallacy of Perfection
Baskaran Sneha Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
Finalist Tan Yule Matthew Nan Chiau High School Vessels
Prize Full Name School Title of Story
1st Sim Kuan Ping Anne St Joseph’s Institution A Space in Time
2nd Hong Xin Yue Dunman High School Rain of Diamonds
3rd Russell Tan Yong Hsuan St Joseph’s Institution The Man Who Died 25 Times
Finalist Gabriel Ong Xianwei Hwa Chong Institution Crashed
Finalist Maisie Loy Victoria Junior College Choice
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Finalist Ng Kai Yang St Joseph’s Institution Journeys
Finalist Tricia Tan Hui Ling National Junior College Love is All You Need
Finalist Sim Jo Lin Nanyang Junior College Thinking Cap
Finalist Khoo Jia Le Isaac St Joseph’s Institution Time Thief

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