Submit Your Essay to the David Carr Prize – Extended Deadline Sunday, December 8

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

We invite all high school, undergraduate, and graduate students (PhD and Masters included) to submit an essay or short story following the 2020 prompt to honor Carr's interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture before the extended deadline of Sunday, December 8.

2020 Prompt

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

Five finalists will be selected by the David Carr Prize Advisory Board. Each finalist will receive one Platinum Badge to attend SXSW 2020. During the Innovation Awards ceremony at SXSW, one winner will be announced and have an opportunity to give a short speech upon acceptance.


  • Students must be currently enrolled or have graduated within seven months of the deadline.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished essays or short stories of 1,500 words or less (minimum 500 words).
  • Content can be creative writing or factual, citing sources as necessary.
  • Entries must be submitted by the extended deadline on Sunday, December 8 at 11:59pm PT.

Please email any questions about the David Carr Prize to

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