The new CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The first prize competition will be for writing; submissions will be accepted starting November 1, 2012 through February 15, 2013. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.
“We want to recognize the best of our nonfiction writers who, having gone out into the world and documented it, bring back prose art that looks, feels, and smells like true news of that world,” says CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell, who will judge the competition with a guest panel. “We very self-consciously use the word ‘art’ and ‘true,’ because we believe they aren’t separable, and that great nonfiction is an artform, too.”
The winner of the competition will receive $3,000; have his or her work featured in Document, a periodical published by the Center for Documentary Studies, as well as in a virtual gallery on the Center’s website; and take part in CDS’s Documentary Writer Speaker Series.
Submissions accepted November 1, 2012–February 15, 2013.