About the Awards
The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards
"What does it mean to be human in a computerized, digital world?"
In an effort to understand, promote, and honor the convergence of art, science, and real life, The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth recently announced the establishment of the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, a global award program to honor creative works around speculative fiction. The program includes three distinct categories, including one specifically for playwriting. The Neukom Institute is dedicated to supporting and inspiring computational work, and the Literary Arts Awards is part of the Institute's initiative to explore the ways in which computational ideas have an impact on society.
For its inaugural Literary Arts Award in Playwriting, the Institute called for play submissions written in response to the prompt "What does it mean to be human in a computerized, digital world?", receiving over 55 submissions. The winning play was announced in March 2018 as Choices People Make, by Jessica Andrewartha. Originally written in 2016, the play navigates a near-world future dominated by artificial intelligence but no more removed from the real-world issues faced in today's society.
The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium. The award-winning play will be workshopped in July 2018 as a reading in Dartmouth Department of Theater's VoxFest. This will be followed in January 2019 by an additional workshop reading as part of New Works Now, the annual festival of new plays at Northern Stage, a LORT-D theater in White River Junction, VT led by Artistic Director and Dartmouth Professor Carol Dunne. Additional support will be provided by the Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities.
The complete press release announcement can be found HERE.