The Heather Trickey Essay Prize

This prize encourages work reflecting the contribution and commitment of Dr Heather Trickey to finding common ground in the field of women’s reproductive health and women’s rights. By bringing together those of differing perspectives, we’ll develop innovative, practical policy solutions to difficult problems.

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 including partners from across the aisles who will be required to work together to achieve a common goal will be identified.

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 hope to see suggestions for more effective systems of care that facilitate both maternal autonomy 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.

How to enter

Any individual who lives and/or works in the UK may enter. Entries may be from individuals or a collaboration. If an entrant is associated with an organisation represented on the judging panel, the relevant judge will not take part in decisions about that entry.

Please email your finished essay to The deadline to submit work is 15 October 2021, with the results announced in November. All those shortlisted will be invited to a presentation and meeting with the judging panel. Shortlisted entries will be publicised by BPAS and NCT, and promising ideas will be discussed by the WRISK Oversight Committee, with a view to considering merits of further development in collaboration with the applicant(s).

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