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CALL FOR ENTRIES! The 2012–2013 Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards


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. The awards were established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, and are directed by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The competition is open to students across academic disciplines and in all New School divisions, and encourages submissions in a variety of media. Any student currently enrolled in a New School division is eligible.

This year, in addition to prose and poetic responses, the judges will 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. Submissions should address an artwork in The New School Art Collection that relates to Thingness, 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 they might comment on the material conditions of our lives or environments.

There is a $400 first place award and a $200 second place award. Winners are 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

Entries must be received by Monday, February 18, 2013. All submissions must be submitted via the Vera List Center email:

Questions? Please call the Vera List Center at 212.229.2436, or email

Text entries should not exceed 2,500 words.

Time-based or audio submissions should be approximately three to five minutes in length.

For two-dimensional and three-dimensional submissions, restrictions are flexible. Please e-mail and inquire for details.

Please note that all submissions must list your name, mailing and email addresses, phone number, university program in which you are enrolled, and your New School student ID number.

The artwork that inspired the essay must be clearly identified by the artist’s name and the work’s title, date, and location on campus.

JURY 2011-2012

Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Joshua Mack, Vera List Center Advisory Committee

Rosemary O’Neill, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design

Robert Polito, Director, Writing Program and MFA in Creative Writing

Silvia Rocciolo, Co-curator, The New School Art Collection

Wendy Walters, Assistant Professor, Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts