The Holle Awards for Excellence in Creativity and Communication
The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences seeks to recognize and celebrate leaders in creativity. The Holle Awards for Excellence in Creativity and 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 in Creativity and 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 Excellence in the Book Arts is awarded annually to a Book Art student, currently enrolled in graduate Book Arts program, for a work that demonstrates both conceptual strength and exceptional craft skills. The work may include hand bookbinding, letterpress printing, mixed media including digital printing and various art printing technologies, and hand papermaking. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: the integration of form, materials, and content within the bookwork, and a strong statement of purpose that articulates an artistic vision and potential for professional leadership in the field.
Applications for the Holle Award for Excellence in Book Arts are now closed.
Who’s eligible? Book Arts students enrolled in the graduate Book Arts program in an American university during the 2020-2021 academic year. May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are eligible.
Holle Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
The 2021 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.
Applications for the Holle Aware for Excellence in Filmmaking are now closed.
Who’s eligible? The director of the film must be a current undergraduate student. May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are eligible.
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.
Each author must submit three printed copies of each of their three stories along with the submission form to Tisch Student Services, Reese Phifer 190, before the application deadline. The submissions and submission form must also be emailed to Lars Anderson before the application deadline.
Applications for the Holle Award in Media Writing close on February 4, 2021.
Who’s eligible? The writer must be an undergraduate or graduate student at The University of Alabama during the 2020-2021 academic year of any academic major, or a May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates.
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.
Applications are now open for the Holle Award for Excellence in Public Speaking. The winner will be announced at the final competition on Saturday April 24, 2021.
Who’s eligible? Students who have been enrolled in a public speaking course in the 2020-2021 academic year who have been selected by their peers and instructors. December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are eligible.
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 2020-2021 academic year. All academic majors qualify. May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are eligible.