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.

2019 Winner


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

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

About the David Carr Prize

 

New for 2019, we invite all high school, undergrad, or graduate students (PhD & Masters included) to honor David Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture by entering an essay or short story of 1,500 words or less in the SXSW David Carr Prize competition.

2019 Winner & Finalists

2019 Prompt

“In 2050, warmer global temperatures will lead to…”

Either finish the sentence above or approach the prompt however you’d like – creativity is key!

Five finalists will be selected by the SXSW Selection Committee. Each finalist will get one Platinum badge ($1,650 value) to attend SXSW. One prizewinner will be awarded the David Carr Prize at the Interactive Innovation Awards on March 11, 2019 and will have an opportunity to give a short speech upon acceptance.

Students must be currently enrolled or have graduated within the last 6 months. Original and unpublished entries will be reviewed by our David Carr Prize Advisory Board. Review the Official Giveaway Rules and please email davidcarrprize@sxsw.com with any questions.

2019 Winner & Finalists

 

2019 Prompt

Students were instructed to enter an essay or short story of 1,500 words or less with a creative approach to the 2019 prompt:

“In 2050, warmer global temperatures will lead to…”

2019 Winner

Jordan Holtzer
UCLA School of Law | Class of 2019

“Women are Getting Hotter”


2019 Finalists

Alex Handloff
Masters of the Environment, Sustainability Planning & Management | University of Colorado Boulder | Class of 2019

“How Much for that Ladybug?”

Daniel Francis Olivieri
B.A. English, concentration in Scientific Computing | Kenyon College | Class of 2019

“The Theology of Climate Change”

Jason Lange
B.A. Journalism | Northeastern University | Class of 2018

“Aboard the Ark”

Jordan Holtzer
UCLA School of Law | Class of 2019

“Women are Getting Hotter”

Paramita Vadhahong
High School Diploma | Clements High School | Class of 2019

ParamitaVadhahong – “Afternoon Tea”

Past Winners

 

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