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US$12,500 funding for early-career nonfiction writer

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Frankfurt, 12.01.2021, 10:21 Uhr
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Frankfurt [ENA] New York University invites early-career nonfiction writers to apply for funding a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. The winner may be awarded up to US$12,500. The submission deadline is 16 February. A decision can be expected by late April. The literary award is in honor of the journalist Matthew Power who reported on the human condition. He died from a heatstroke on assignment in Uganda in 2014.

However, NYU says in a statement that due to the Covid-19 circumstances they had placed a pause on research privileges. Normally the university nominates the winner for status as a visiting scholar for the duration of the Award period (April – December) with full access to NYU’s vast library resources as well as an office at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Also there would be no runner-up award in 2021. According to NYU the completed project must be delivered no later than 31 December. Ineligible to apply are NYU affiliates, NYU graduates and journalists holding staff positions at established media. Otherwise the competition is open to anyone age 21 and older.

The prize will be distributed in the following way: US$6,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal; US$3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress (usually a first draft); and US$3,500 upon completion and acceptance by the Award committee. NYU says an acceptable work in prose would be expected to probe a subject in depth (4,000 to 6,000 words), bringing new understanding to an important public issue. The Work may require additional reporting and/or editing before it is accepted. According to NYU it is the largest private US research institution by enrollment with its historical campus in Greenwich Village. Past and present students and faculty include 38 Nobel Laureates, and 26 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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