CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Writing


Wednesday, February 15, 2017



Entry Fees



A prize of $3,000 and publication in the Center for Documentary Studies' online magazine. The winning essay will also be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University.


The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in short-form documentary writing. The prize is given biennially by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for an essay that demonstrates a “reliance on documentary methods, specifically immersive fieldwork, research, and interviewing conducted over periods of time.” A panel of writers, editors, and documentary artists will judge. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of 15 to 20 pages, a one-page project description, and a curriculum vitae with a $40 entry fee by February 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Contact Information

Caitlin Johnson, [email protected]


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