SOMW Competitions

SOMW competitions are open to all members of the Society: awards are by committee nomination only.

  • The Roger Bacon Biography Award for Medical Students

  • The Wilfred Hopkins Award is given annually for the best entry across all writing categories that year.
  • The Gustav Plaut medal – to a member of SOMW for a substantial and sustained contributions to literature over a significant period. The rules and conditions are here.
  • Twice-yearly writing competitions in a variety of categories. The subjects, details and rules are listed below.

  • The Richard Asher Prize for Medical Writing — e.g. for a research paper or a published article. Nominations are required for this prize — simply mention the name of the paper, by whom it was written and in which publication it appeared. Self-nomination is acceptable. Email details to our Competition secretary, Paula Lawrence, who will pass them on for consideration.

  • The Michael Lasserson award is given for the best article in ‘The Writer’ of the past calendar year.

General rules for entry to SOMW competitions

Competition entry form