For all those talented writers out there I encourage you to enter the 2018 David Carr Prize contest. The focus of your essay or short story of 2,000 words needs to be based from this question: “In the future, how do you understand what is real and what is fake?”
David Carr got his start in journalism at the Twin Cities Reader, where he eventually became editor. He then went on to edit the Washington City Paper. Years earlier, he’d struggled with addictions to crack and alcohol, and he eventually turned those rank memories into a bestselling memoir. Along with his duties as a columnist, Carr taught a course on new media at Boston University, where I was his graduate teaching assistant.
At the time of his death in early 2015, David Carr was a prominent media columnist for The New York Times. He edited the alt-weekly Washington City Paper in the mid-1990s, where he cultivated some of the great journalistic talent of our day. He was both a blunt and colorful writer, with a gift for similes that would make readers snigger with pleasure. “To call something the most popular podcast might seem a little like identifying the tallest leprechaun,” he wrote in one of his Media Equation columns for the Times. Amid his kaleidoscope of accomplishments and obligations, Carr still found the time to guide dozens of young people in the arduous process of shaping careers of their own.
Entry deadline is Friday, October 13 for the 2018 David Carr Prize. If you always wanted to attend SXSW in Austin and you are a talented writer this prize package is mega! The winning essay (as judged by staff and an advisory board) receives a prize package that includes one SXSW Platinum Badge, a $350 airline voucher, and a complimentary four-night hotel stay in Austin during SXSW. Many people pay thousands just to attend SXSW so writers bust out your pen and paper and get to business to enter the 2018 David Carr Prize contest.
More SXSW News:
- Register before Friday, October 20 to save $400 on your 2018 SXSW badge
- Great lodging still available for March in Austin via SXSW Housing & Travel
- More standout 2018 conference programming announced on Tuesday, October 10
- Friday, September 29 is late entry deadline for the SXSW Art Program
- Friday, October 20 is the final deadline for SXSW Music Festival showcase applications
- SXSW Film Festival submission deadline is Friday, October 20
- Startups should apply for the SXSW Accelerator® Pitch Event before Friday, November 10
- Friday, November 10 is also the entry deadline for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards