Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism

University of London and University of Sussex postgraduates are invited to submit projects for a Competition for Creative Responses to Modernism (creative writing (up to 2000 words), images, films (up to 15 minutes), digital artefacts, performances, musical compositions).

In the early decades of the twentieth century writers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians across the world competed to follow Ezra Pound’s injunction to ‘make it new’. Whether artists were willing or resisting change – hurling themselves into the (often technological) future or hankering elegiacally after lost forms and ways of life – the first fifty years of the twentieth century saw an explosion of artistic production in all the arts. Shaken up by two world wars, stirred by the invention of cinema, artists questioned what art was and could be and asserted its value in a fragmented yet increasingly interconnected world. Postgraduate students from the University of London and the University of Sussex are invited to submit their own creative responses to this moment of artistic explosion in whatever art form seems most appropriate. This might be an act of homage, pastiche or parody; you might see yourself as continuing or challenging the modernist project. Entries should be accompanied by a paragraph (up to 150 words) explaining the work of art and its relation to modernism.

The prize is open to postgraduate students from across the University of London and from the University of Sussex and will judged by our Advisory Board (currently comprising Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, AS Byatt, Alison Duthie, Juliet Gardiner, Jeremy Harding, Michael Holroyd, Stephen Romer, Fiona Shaw with a visual artist to join soon).

The deadline for the prize is Monday 31 March 2014. Entries should be submitted to (or posted to Dr Lara Feigel, English department, King’s College London, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NR).

The winning entries will be published in the journal Textual Practice and on our website and the winner will receive a year’s membership to the Tate (or the equivalent museum in the recipient’s home city) and will meet the Advisory Board at a dinner following the prize-giving ceremony in June 2014.
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