Today is a big day for me, and not just because my 1st byline for The Atlantic went live today.
It’s also special because I just went on record announcing my intention to compile a quarterly “Best Shortform Science Writing” roundup, so that us science writing whippersnappers can see examples of how front-of-book and daily news stories oughta be written. You can find my full spiel about why we need such an anthology here on Medium, but the takehome message is that I need you, my dear Internet readers, to send me ideas for which stories I should include.
The “Best Shortform Science Writing” will be quarterly– as in every 3 months– and the 1st one will cover January-March 2016. The only problem is I just came up with this idea a few days ago, so I especially need suggestions for memorable short articles from January and February!
Since “shortform science writing” is a hugely diverse category, here’s my tentative “chunkification” scheme for organizing the articles:
- Short-Short & Front-of-Book (under 350 words)
- Medium Short (850 words & under)
- Single-study Deep Dives (700–1200 words but focused on one study)