The Awards are made annually, based on articles in the four journals for that calendar year. Judging will take place during November, with the results being announced in December and published in our following (February) journal.
To qualify articles must fit the following criteria:
- Submitted by a subscribing member;
- An original composition based on the authors’ own research; and
- A minimum length of 3 journal pages (as a guide this equates to about 650 words per page).
The following are excluded for consideration:
- Reports on meetings, our One Day Conference, talks and presentations;
- Those submitted by Officers of the Society and Committee members;
- Those submitted by a previous award winner during any free subscription period; and
- Those submitted by members who are eligible to judge that year’s awards.
The current prize structure is:
- 1st Prize 3 years’ free subscriptions
- 2nd prize 2 years’ free subscriptions
- 3rd prize 1 years’ free subscription
Free subscriptions are based on the members’ current membership type and recipients are not entitled to an upgrade (from ejournals to paper) as part of this award. No cash alternative will be given. If a recipient has already paid for the coming year at the time the award is announced any free subscriptions will be deferred a year.
The Membership Secretary will make all necessary adjustments to membership accounts and contact the recipients direct to confirm the adjustment.
The three winners from the previous year will qualify as judges for the current year, provided they are all still members of the Society. If a winner is no longer a society member or is otherwise unable to act as judge, the Committee en bloc would vote in place of them.
Following publication of our November journal the Journal Editor will contact the judges with a list of qualifying articles and ask them to rate each article on a score of 1-10. The journal Editor will collate the scores and prizes awaded on aggregate.
In the case of a tie the Journal Editor has a casting vote and their decision is final.
TandC last updated 26th July 2021