Marvin Carlson Award essay contest open for submissions until April 10

February 27, 2020

The Department of Performing and Media Arts hosts a yearly contest for The Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre or Performance. This award honors CUNY Professor Marvin Carlson (CU PhD '61). 

The award consists of a cash prize ($250) and certificate and is given to the best essay in theatre and performance by a Cornell student (graduate or undergraduate). 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays must be unpublished.

  • Essays should not exceed 25 pages.

  • Students may submit only one entry per year.

  • Only the title page should contain the student’s name and contact email, as this is a blind submission. A PMA administrator will collect submissions via email and redact student's identifying information before forwarding to the selection committee.

  • Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. EDT on April 10, 2020, to Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information, email Associate Professor Sara Warner at

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