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A Call for Entries: The 2012-13 Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards

llustration by Rachel Levit.

The Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards are bestowed annually to students at The New School for the best essays inspired by works in the university’s art collection.

For the 2012–2013 award cycle, students are invited to identify a piece of art in The New School Art Collection that relates to the Vera List Center’s current focus theme, “Thingness” and submit to the competition a text-based prose or poetic entry inspired by the work.

Thingness is the term used for the Vera List Center’s multi-faceted, two-year inquiry into the nature of our material world. Artworks that relate to Thingness might depict an actual object, employ methods or media that highlight the depth of our connection to objects, or comment on the material conditions of our lives or environments.

This year, in addition to prose and poetic responses, the judges will also consider submissions that re-visit the notion of “the essay,” and do so through non-text based media such as film, photography, visuals, music and sound, architecture or the Web.

All students enrolled in The New School are eligible. Entries must be received by Monday, February 18. There will be a $400 first place and  $200 second place award. Winners will be announced online in the New School News early in the spring semester. Winning entries will be featured in a joint celebratory and public reading, edited by a professional editor, and published in next year’s edition of this award newspaper as well as online at

Visit the Vera List Center website for complete guidelines, or call 212.229.2436 with questions.

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