Word Count Limits
For written work, the word count must be between 2,500-5,000 words, with the exception of the following categories, which can be up to 12,000 words long: For the portfolio-based categories, Visual Arts and Architecture & Design, please find the Submission Guidelines here. Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Computer Science Earth & Environmental Sciences Engineering Life Sciences Mathematics & Physics Medical Sciences There is a 10% leeway on the maximum word count. For example, if your maximum word count is 5,000, your paper can be up to 5,500 words. Papers that are over or under the required word count will be disqualified.
1. Architecture and Design:
2. Visual Arts
The following elements DO contribute to the word count: Footnotes, In-text Citations, Image/figure captions - included
The following elements DO NOT contribute to the word count: Abstract, Appendix, Bibliography or Works Cited Pages, Submission title, Table of contents, List of abbreviations, Tables of figures.
Abstract Word Count
Abstracts must be between 100-300 words in length. There is a 10% leeway on the upper word limit.
If you have a small additional piece of information that is pushing you over the word count, you are allowed to place it in the appendix and refer to it in your paper. It is important that entrants do not abuse the appendices and included more information than necessary.
Learn more about how to submit to this year's Undergraduate Awards here.