2022 Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

Deadline: February 16, 2022.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.

The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition.


The Institute expects the Winner’s Work to meet a high degree of excellence. While the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award competition is open to all, with the exceptions noted below, the Institute especially encourages applications from early-career, creative nonfiction writers working on projects that meet the competition’s guidelines.
The following persons are not eligible to compete for The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award:
• Employees, volunteers, interns and agents of NYU, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries (“NYU Affiliates”)
• NYU graduates with degrees dated within two years of the application deadline
• Journalists holding staff positions at established media outlets that are in a position to fund such projects on their own.


The monetary award will be distributed in the following way:

  • $6,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal; $3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress (usually a first draft); and $3,500 upon completion and acceptance by the Award committee.


Before creating your application, please read the FAQ and the Competition Terms of Agreement and Eligibility Requirements carefully. If you have a question about applying which is not answered in either place, you may inquire at poweraward@nyu.edu


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