We are now accepting submissions for the seventh annual Student Essay Competition in partnership with SAGE Publications. The competition is open to all RSPH Student Members and the deadline for entries is 1 October 2024.

The winning article will be published in the January 2025 issue of the journal Perspectives in Public Health and the winner will also receive £200 Amazon vouchers, £100 SAGE book vouchers, one year’s free RSPH membership*, and a 6-month term on the Perspectives in Public Health editorial board.

The essay must be no longer than 1,000 words and include no more than 10 references and one table or figure. Prospective authors will write on the following essay title:

What will make the biggest contribution to improving the public’s health in the next 10 years?

Please use the below form to submit your essay or contact [email protected] for more information.

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Past Student Essay Competition winners

Our 2021 winner of the Student Essay Competition is Raymond Li, a medical student at Imperial College London, whose essay addresses mental health from a unique perspective answering the question 'Evidence suggests that the root causes of mental health difficulties may be found in childhood and adolescence. What might education providers do to promote mental health?'. Raymond’s paper was published in the September 2022 issue of Perspectives in Public Health.