David Carr Prize

Longtime New York Times writer David Carr spoke on numerous panels at SXSW throughout his career. After his passing in 2015, we launched the David Carr Prize to spotlight the intersection of technology and journalism, as well as to honor the influence he had on the community of creatives that come to Austin each March.


David Carr Prize

David Carr at SXSW 2013. Photo by Hutton Supancic/Getty Images.

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About the David Carr Prize

 

All emerging (and established) writers, bloggers, and journalists are invited to honor David Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture by entering an essay or short story of 2,000 words or less in this competition.

The essay prompt this year: What will it mean to be human in the age of machine learning and artificial intelligence? What will this mean to you in terms of human creativity, identity, love, communication, and community? Given that current AI-based algorithms are a big part of today’s fake news problem, your essay might also address human solutions to this pressing issue.

Deadline to enter the second annual David Carr Prize is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:59pm CT. Original and unpublished entries will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of various SXSW staffers.

The author of the winning essay will be honored at the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards on Tuesday evening, March 14, 2017. Top essays from this competition will be published on the SXSW website.

Giveaway Rules

The complete prize package includes (1) $1,650 SXSW Platinum Badge, (1) $350 airline voucher, (4) night stay in Austin during SXSW valued at $2,000 – total prize value of $4,000 USD. Review the David Carr Prize Official Giveaway Rules before submitting. Questions? Please email brianna@sxsw.com.

2016 Finalist Essays

Need some ideas of what we’re looking for? Read the 2016 finalists’ essays from Brooke Baker Belk, Lena Huang, and the winning entry by Jaime Boust.

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Enter the David Carr Prize

All emerging (and established) writers, bloggers, and journalists are invited to honor David Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture by entering an essay or short story. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 16.

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Deadline to enter the second annual David Carr Prize is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:59pm CT.



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