David Carr Prize

March 13-16, 2020

David Carr was a journalist, author, and longtime speaker at SXSW before his passing in 2015. In 2016, we created the David Carr Prize for Emerging Writers to honor Carr and his breadth of work.

Deadline: December 6, 2019

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About the David Carr Prize

 

We invite all high school, undergraduate, and 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 (minimum 500 words) in the SXSW David Carr Prize Essay competition. Essay content can be creative writing or factual, citing sources as necessary.

Deadline: December 6, 2019

Submit Your Essay

2020 Prompt

David Carr Prize Prompt

“What do we do with our time and lives if society no longer depends on us to work?”

Eligibility

 

Five finalists will be selected by the SXSW Selection Committee. Each finalist will receive one Platinum badge ($1,650 value) to attend SXSW 2020.

One winner will be awarded the David Carr Prize at the Interactive Innovation Awards during SXSW and will have an opportunity to give a short speech upon acceptance.

Students must be currently enrolled or have graduated within seven months of the deadline. Original and unpublished entries will be reviewed by our David Carr Prize Advisory Board.

Deadline: December 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PT

Please email any questions about the David Carr Prize to davidcarrprize@sxsw.com.

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Jordan Holtzer - 2019 David Carr Prize Winner - Photo by Cal Holman

Jordan Holtzer - 2019 David Carr Prize Winner - Photo by Cal Holman

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”

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