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Competition category: written pitch

Can you turn your research findings into an engaging written pitch to an external audience?

Engage a non-academic audience with a written pitch and enter the research competition by Monday 27 January 2020.

This is a way of creating engagement with an important non-academic audience such as the media and policymakers that is clear, concise and convincing in writing. Your headline should grab attention and the summary of your findings should point out the importance of the research to a user community, whether in the public or policy realm.

Written pitch category information

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Judging criteria

Your written pitch will be judged by a panel against the following criteria:

  • Does the headline grab attention and capture the important insight from the research?
  • Does the pitch make the case for why the audience should be engaged by the research?
  • Is the pitch well-written, concise and communicative?

Submission information

A maximum of one written pitch may be submitted as part of a single exhibit from either an individual or a group. Your pitch must be:

  • Maximum one headline and one 250 word summary
  • Word or PDF file
  • Do not include any logos, for example the LSE logo.

How to enter your written pitch

Make sure you enter your pitch by midday on Monday 27 January 2020. To enter your pitch you need to:

What happens next

All valid written pitches will be featured in an online gallery which will host a public vote for the Popular Prize.

If your pitch has been shortlisted for further prizes, you will be notified in February. Shortlisted pitches will be:

  • Displayed at the LSE Festival research competition exhibition in the week of Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020. All exhibitors will be expected to attend a reception and prize-giving to exhibit your work
  • Entered for the written pitch category prize
  • Entered for either the PhD Academy or LSE LIFE Prize if you are either a student or you graduated in 2019
  • Entered for the Festival Prize if your submission engages with the LSE Festival theme “Shape the World”. 

Contact us 

Email us at researchcompetition@lse.ac.uk if you have any questions.