Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize

Our essay prize is open to all undergraduate medical students studying at a UK medical school and is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is now closed. Details of the 2021 prize will be available in February.

The guidance on what we're looking for is included here for information only.


Enter our essay prize for the chance to win one of three prizes.

  • First prize: £750
  • Second prize: £500
  • Third prize: £250

What are the benefits of entering?

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive a certificate from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Your achievement will demonstrate to future employers your commitment to medicine and you own professional development.

Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and healthcare professionals, with two-thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making the disease harder to treat.

Improving your knowledge of ovarian cancer will benefit you and your patients, whether or not you choose to specialize in the area in future. Together we can make sure women in the UK have the best chances of survival. 

The Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize will encourage the doctors of the future to gain a greater insight into ovarian cancer, giving them the knowledge they need to direct more women onto the correct diagnostic pathway sooner and crucially save lives.

Professor Debbie Sharp OBE

How to enter

Submit an essay that addresses one of the following:

  • Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer in primary care: opportunities and hurdles
  • BRCA mutations: implications for women with ovarian cancer and their families
  • Public facing ovarian cancer symptoms awareness campaigns: do they lead to an earlier diagnosis?

To get you started we have provided recommended reading list. Please note that essays demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic and assimilation of information into coherent arguments will score higher marks in the judging process. 

Recommended reading list 2020

Relevant academic research papers 

Relevant clinical guidance and government reports 

Submission requirements

  • Up to 2,000 words (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied)
  • A maximum of three figures and/or tables (footnotes included in the word count)
  • No more than 10 references
  • Completed  

How to submit your essay

Details of how to enter the 2021 prize will be available in February.

If you have any queries please contact us: essay@targetovariancancer.org.uk.

Funding of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is made possible due to the kind generosity of the Annette Mills Charitable Trust.