Winterhouse awards for design writing & criticism

The Winterhouse Writing Awards, an annual program of the Winterhouse Institute and AIGA, recognize excellence in writing about design and encourage the development of young voices in design writing, commentary, and criticism. The 2008 awards will be presented at the AIGA Design Legends Gala in New York on September 18, 2008.

The awards will be given for writing that demonstrates the greatest evidence of eloquence, analysis, perspective, insight, and original thinking to further a public understanding of design in contemporary culture.

A $10,000 writing award is open to writers, critics, scholars, historians, journalists, and designers who are U.S. citizens or full-time residents for at least three years. The writing award is given for a body of work -- not a single piece -- so candidates must submit three works for consideration. The works may have been previously published and the writer must be under 40 years old as of June 2, 2008.

A $1,000 education award is open to students whose writing demonstrates extraordinary originality and promise. The education award is given for a single piece of work and students may be from any academic discipline, but the subject matter must be about design. The writer must be under 40 years old as of June 2, 2008, and have been a student within the past year.

The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2008.

The College of Design's Design Institute is a founding benefactor of the Winterhouse Writing Awards.

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