May 20, 2010

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature.

Postmark Deadline: July 30

The Vilcek Foundation shall award a prize of $25,000 to a foreign-born writer who demonstrates outstanding early achievement. In addition, four finalists will receive awards of $5,000 each. There is no fee to enter. Four categories of writers are eligible to apply:

Short Fiction Writers
Short Creative Nonfiction Writers


To be eligible for The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts and Humanities, applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below.

Applicant must have been born outside the United States.
Applicant must not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2010 (born on or after January 1, 1972).
Applicant must be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States.
Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.
Applicant must be the individual who has authored the submitted work.


A panel of distinguished members of the literary community will evaluate each application based on its quality, the level of creativity, clarity of vision, impact and the individual's ability to present his/her work in a professional manner.

The prize winner selected by the jury will be a candidate whose work best exemplifies the characteristics indicated above. Additionally, the jury will identify four finalists, each of whom will receive an award of $5,000. Recommendations of the jury will be submitted to the Vilcek Foundation's Board of Directors for final approval.

The winner will be notified in November 2010 and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York City in the spring of 2011. Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by The Vilcek Foundation. 


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