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.
Original and unpublished entries will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of various SXSW staffers.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.
2017 Finalist Essays
Congrats to the finalists! Stay tuned to SXSW News when we announce the winner later this season.
2017 Essay Prompt
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.