Rosemary Goodchild Award for sexual health journalism

The Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in journalism recognises the very best articles on sexual and reproductive health.

The Rosemary Goodchild Award 2017 is open for nominations!

Have you seen (or written) a fantastic article this year on any of the topics below?

  • Relationships and sex education
  • Sexual health services
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Sex and the law
  • Pregnancy
  • Contraception or abortion
  • Sexualisation or exploitation

Make a nomination here, using our quick and easy form >>

Closing date 10am, Monday 9 October 2017.

About the award

The award puts particular emphasis on articles relating to sexual health education, rights or support for women of all ages.

Subjects can include sex and relationships education, sexual health services, sexually transmitted infections, sexual orientation and gender identity, sex and the law, pregnancy, abortion, contraception, sexualisation or exploitation.

The award was established by the family of former FPA Press Officer, Rosemary Goodchild, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.

The annual £500 prize money is awarded by the Goodchild family, who also assist in judging the award, in collaboration with FPA and a different guest judge each year.

Winning articles have discussed themes as varied as vasectomies for men and the best sex toys for women.

Who can enter?

The award is open to writers from all UK-based national and regional press, consumer magazines, trade press and professional journals.

Commissioned articles appearing as online content on UK websites will be accepted. Entries from blogs will also be accepted, but the journalist should select a single article for submission.

Articles should meet these criteria:

  • Must be factually correct.
  • Must be medically sound, if appropriate.
  • Should support the goals of charities working in these fields.
  • Must have been published between specified dates.

The 2016 winner

The winner of the 2016 Rosemary Goodchild Award was Siobhan Fenton for her article The UK's abortion shame: Northern Ireland urged to stop prosecuting women under abortion ban, which was published in The Independent.

Aasma Day, who wrote Former headteacher speaks out on equality issues to resort students and reveals...'I didn't just survive, I succeeded' was highly commended by the judges.

The 2016 finalists

The finalists for 2016 were:

  • The UK's abortion shame: Northern Ireland urged to stop prosecuting women under abortion ban by Siobhan Fenton, The Independent.
  • People are putting balls of herbs into their vaginas to 'detox' their wombs by Ellen Scott, Metro.
  • 'This is what it's really like to live with HIV' by Theo Merz, The Telegraph.
  • The grown-up woman's guide to vibrators by Trisha Schofield, Verity Mann and Viv Groskop, Good Housekeeping.
  • Why can't I get sterilised in my 20s? By Holly Brockwell, The Guardian.
  • Sorry, it's a 'Fail' for out-of-date sex education classes by Fionola Meredith, The Belfast Telegraph.
  • Former headteacher speaks out on equality issues to resort students and reveals...'I didn't just survive, I succeeded' by Aasma Day, The Blackpool Gazette.