Kurnitz Writing Award

The 2018 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 are given the opportunity to express their creative talents through writing.

$3,800 in scholarship prize money to be allocated to 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 throughout the campus and countries across the globe. We invite you to be part of this tradition!


To participate, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be foreign-born and not hold U.S. citizenship.
  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled UCLA *international degree seeking student or EAP student on the main campus, who has a valid non-immigrant visa and is eligible to receive monetary awards from a university.
  • The applicants’ native language must not be English, which will be reinforced with a signed affidavit.

*Please note that UCLA Extension students, Visiting Graduate Researchers, UCLA certificate program students, U.S. permanent residents (P.R.), and AB-540 students are ineligible for this award.


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 200 pages)
Television Script (maximum 90 pages)
Short Play (maximum 50 pages)

*On the application you will need to indicate a 10-15 page excerpt from your submission that best displays your creative writing abilities.

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, double spaced, on 8-½” x 11” paper, one side only (the only exception is that poems may be single or double spaced depending on the authors’ artistic preference).

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



All entries must be submitted in-person to the Dashew Center (#106 Bradley International Hall) by Friday, March 9, 2017 at 4 PM. Applicants must bring their Bruin ID card to show proof of identification.
*Late applications WILL NOT be accepted.


You may download the application at the following link: Kurnitz Award Application

Kurnitz Award Flyer

Application Deadline:
March 9th, 2018

Kurnitz Intro Workshop
Jan 24, 2018

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