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The hunt for the Higgs boson was undoubtedly the grid computing story of 2012, but now it's your chance to help us find the next big thing for 2013 and win €500 worth of dream gadgets!

Back in September, we announced the EGI Writing Prize 2013 in association with iSGTW. Researchers and science writers from all over the world are invited to submit engaging articles about practical applications of grid computing in science.

The competition is split into two categories:

1. Researchers: PhD students and early career scientists (up to seven years after finishing PhD) who have used or are using grid computing for their research. We'll consider all fields of research from humanities to geology or anything else. See the FAQs for researchers.

2. Writers: This category includes everyone with an interest in science writing (bloggers, freelancers, journalists); science communication students we're looking at you. See the FAQs for writers.

The prize for each category is €500 worth of electronic gadgets of your choice! You pick the gadgets, we foot the bill. You will also get your article published on the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) website, in our newsletter and on iSGTW, as well as a free ticket to the EGI Community Forum in Manchester, where the award ceremony will be held.

Entries must be emailed to press@egi.eu by 25th January 2013 and must be no more than 800 words long. The winning entries for each category will be selected by a panel of EGI and iSGTW staff. You can find out more on the competition website

Sara Coelho, communications officer, EGI.eu

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