2022 essay prize

A prize of £1000 will be awarded for an original piece of written work, no longer than 3000 words. The essay may address any topic in the field of women’s reproductive health.

As the winner, you will receive not just money, but also a platform from which an issue that you care about might be taken forward in the real world.

Successful essays will:

  • Identify a specific area along women’s reproductive health cycle, describe the population affected, set out how it is that women are currently underserved with regard to health provision in this area and explain why this area deserves focused attention to bring about change. 
  • Be realistic in identifying barriers to change.  For example, barriers may include poor resourcing, institutional histories ‘ways of doing things’, as well as different ways of framing the problem to be addressed.
  • Be solution-focused. The essay will be realistically optimistic about the potential for change. Key partners will be identified, including partners from across the aisles who will be required to work together to achieve a common goal.

What the judges are looking for

We are keen to receive submissions that address unresolved conflicts between current public health approaches and women’s needs and lived experiences. We’d like to see suggestions for more effective systems of care that support both women’s reproductive rights and public health objectives. We expect to see submissions that take a woman-centred approach and that recognise that even well-intentioned health professionals cannot stand in for women’s voices. Finally, we want this prize to provide a platform for ideas that might not otherwise gain an audience.

How to enter

Please send your completed essay to heather@bpas.org before the closing date of 17 October 2022. All entries will be reviewed by the judges during October and we may invite you to an informal interview to learn more about your ideas. We expect to announce the winner in early November 2022.

Illustrations: Silva Brindle