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The 2015 Kurnitz Creative Writing Award

Friday, March 13, 2015
The 2015 Kurnitz Creative Writing Award


The Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars is proud to present the Kurnitz Creative Writing Award, a UCLA tradition of over 40 years. This unique writing competition is specifically designed to engage the international community here at UCLA. In submitting original pieces, international students and visiting scholars are given the opportunity to express their creative talents through writing.

Cash prizes ranging from $300 - $2,500 will be awarded to the three winners.

History of the Award

Harry Kurnitz was a playwright and screenwriter who worked in Hollywood in the 1930’s & 40’s. Along with his own passion for writing, he wanted to create opportunities for young writers, especially those whose native language was not English. In 1965, Kurnitz and his business manager, Charles Goldring, created an endowment at UCLA for these awards that have given visibility and support to the talents of dozens of UCLA students from majors across the campus and countries across the globe. We invite you to be part of this tradition!


To participate, applicants must be foreign-born and not hold U.S. citizenship. They must be a current UCLA student and was also enrolled in Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015. Lastly, the participants’ native language must not be English, which will be reinforced with a signed affidavit.


Participants may submit multiple entries, but you may only submit ONE in each of the following categories:

Category 1:

Screenplay (maximum 120 pages)
Novel (maximum 60,000 words / approximately 200 pages)
Television Script (maximum 90 pages)
Short Play (maximum 15,000 words / approximately 50 pages)

Category 2:

Feature/ Short Story (maximum 1,500 words / approximately 6 pages)

Category 3:

Poetry (entry must include 3 or more poems of any length. Individual poems will not be accepted)


All submissions must be an original work by the participant and the work cannot have been previously published (including online). Participants may only be awarded once during the course of the competition.

Entries must be submitted in English, typed or computer printed, double spaced, on 8-½” x 11” paper, one side only.

Entries will be coded and distributed to judges without the author's name or identity to ensure fairness.




All entries must be received no later than Friday, March 13, 2015.


You may pick up an application in the Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars (DCISS) at 106 Bradley International Hall or image Download the application