The Holle Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Communication

The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences seeks to recognize and celebrate leaders in creativity. The Holle Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Communication are designed to celebrate and reward student achievement in the areas of media writing, public speaking, film, screenwriting and book arts. This annual award includes a $10,000 prize for the winner of each category.

The Holle Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Communication highlight and celebrate creative expression nationally, and encourage partnerships among communication and other disciplines. As communication continues to evolve throughout the 21st century, the awards will encourage innovative, out-of-the-box thinking from students, faculty and communication professionals.

Holle Award for Excellence in Book Arts

The Holle Award for Book Arts may include a work that represents the integration of form, materials, and content, plus a strong statement of purpose that articulates an artistic vision and potential for professional leadership in the field of communication. The work will be judged on both conceptual strength and a demonstration of exceptional creative production skills. The work, around the topic of the organization and creative expression of communication and information, may include all forms of artistic and communication tools. All work must be complete and must include a rhetorically sound artist statement that will speak to the project and its significance to the practice and/or expression of communication, information and creativity.

Who’s eligible? Book Arts students enrolled in the graduate Book Arts program.


Holle Award for Excellence in Filmmaking 

The 2018 Holle Award for Excellence in Filmmaking is awarded to the director of the best short film, narrative or documentary, made by a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a college or university in the southeastern region, that has been submitted to the Black Warrior Film Festival.

Who’s eligible? The director of the film must be a current undergraduate or graduate student.


Holle Award for Excellence in Media Writing 

Students must submit three single-authored news stories, and each story must be at least 800 words in length. Though “news” is not defined here in a specific way, it is expected that a news story will be non-fiction and will reflect topics and issues that are relevant to society. Stories may be enterprise reporting, feature stories or sports stories. Stories may be class assignments or assignments for campus media, internships, jobs or freelance jobs. Stories must have been written while the applicant was a student at UA.

To be considered, each story must include at least three sources, and contact information for all sources must be provided. Also, single-author bylines must be clearly visible.

Entries must be accompanied by a cover letter in which the author explains for judges (a) the importance of the stories for the intended readership, (b) any noteworthy information concerning the reporting process, such as time spent and sources consulted, (c) and, if published, any readership or community reaction to the pieces.

Who’s eligible? The writer must be an undergraduate or graduate student at The University of Alabama during the 2018-2019 academic year of any academic major.


Holle Award for Excellence in Public Speaking

Students must be enrolled in a humanities course that cultivates basic public communication skills. Those entering the competition will be required to present a formal persuasive speech that demonstrates logical structure and credible research in support of specific actions or concepts and that displays exemplary standards of delivery. All contestants will compete in a preliminary judging round. Only the six finalists will advance to the final round to compete for the grand prize.

Who’s eligible? Students who have been enrolled in COM 123 in the 2018-2019 academic year who have been selected by their peers and instructors.


Holle Award for Excellence in Screenwriting

Students must submit a full-length feature script (80-120 pages) and include a one sentence logline. The script must be in proper format, three-hole punched and bound by two brads only – top and bottom left margins.

Authors may submit multiple entries, but each entry must meet the guidelines and criteria, and be accompanied by a separate submission form. All work must be complete. No partial scripts accepted.

Who’s eligible? Undergraduate or graduate students at The University of Alabama during the 2018-2019 academic year. All academic majors qualify.