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Submission Criteria: Word Count Limits

For written work  for most categories, the word count must be between 2,500 - 5,000 words, with the exception of the following categories:

  • Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics & Physics
  • Medical Sciences

These categories can be up to 12,000 words long.

The submission criteria allows for a 10% leeway over the maximum word count of your chosen category. For example, if the word count of your category is 5,000 words: a paper of 5500 words will be accepted; if it is over the maximum word count it will be disqualified.

Papers with a word count below the minimum of 2500 words will be disqualified, there is no leeway under the minimum word count.

Table of contents, abstracts, footnotes, appendices, titles and references are not included in the word count.

For the portfolio-based categories, Visual Arts and  Architecture & Design, the submission is a little different.

Visual Arts is a portfolio-based category. Analytical or critical papers on the subject of art should be submitted to Art History & Theory. Students of Product Design should submit to Architecture & Design.

Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and an Artist’s Statement between 200-300 words, explaining their work.

Architecture & Design is a portfolio-based category. Analytical or critical papers on the subject of architecture or design should be submitted to the Art History & Theory category.

Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 images and a Statement between 300 – 1,500 words, explaining their work.

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