All emerging (and established) writers, bloggers, and journalists are invited each year 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.
Entry is now closed for the 2017 David Carr Prize. Finalists will be announced in late January – stay tuned.
2017 Essay Prompt and Selection
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.
Original and unpublished entries will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of various SXSW staffers.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.
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 and please email email@example.com any questions.