Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes
The Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes are awarded every May by MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing program. This competition was named in honor of the late Ilona Karmel, novelist, poet and Senior Lecturer in the writing program. Throughout her teaching career, Karmel’s outstanding contributions to creative writing at MIT were her inspirational teachings and relationships with students.
Luíza Bastos Lages's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“Despite being frequently associated with a scenic ideal, the landscape is not reduced to the myth of untouched nature.”
Hannah Ledford's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“Deviled Eggs” won third place in the Robert A. Boit Prize in the short story category of the 2019 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Gabriella Zak's Karmel Prize-winning piece
More Than a Pretty Picture: Call Me by Your Name’s Subversion of Hollywood’s Heteronormative Portrayal of Homosexuality
“More Than a Pretty Picture” won first place in the Robert A. Boit Prize essay category of the 2019 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Boer Fu's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“The History of the Underground” won first place in the Obermayer Prize for Writing for the Public, part of the 2019 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Joe Faraguna's Karmel Prize-winning piece
We Are All Slime Molds at Heart, Or How We Went Looking for Answers about Our Semi-Intelligent Friends but Ended Up Learning about Ourselves Instead
“We Are All Slime Molds at Heart” won honorable mention in the DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public, part of the 2019 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Mimi Wahid's Karmel Prize-winning piece
With most of the world’s population now living in cities, should we worry about the implications of living a life without forests?
Kristen Frombach's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“Haugh Model and Modification” took second place for the 2019 Boit Prize for Engineering Writing, one of the Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Amy Fang's Karmel Prize-winning piece
Amy Fang’s winning submission for the Boit Prize for Engineering Writing, one of the Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
CMS/W's Karmel Prize-winning piece
Working in every genre, from fiction to technical writing, 36 MIT students win 2019 Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes.
Aaron Dy's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“Technological advances in our ability read, write, and edit DNA have begun to make engineering biology possible.” Honorable mention for the 2017 Obermayer Prize for Writing for the Public.
Frankie Schembri's Karmel Prize-winning piece
Francesca Schembri on the all-female team that programmed the first electronic computer. It received the Obermayer Prize For Writing on the History of Innovation.
Allie Hexley's Karmel Prize-winning piece
Allie Hexley’s Karmel Prize-winning poetry manuscript.
Melanie Abrams's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“What’ve you gotten me into?” I asked her, again and again. “You’d better have a good answer when I find you.” Winner of the King Prize for Science Fiction.
Steven Truong's Karmel Prize-winning piece
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reports that every six seconds–every six fleeting seconds–diabetes takes another person’s life.
Camilo Espinosa's Karmel Prize-winning piece
“These experiments would be a direct downstream application of our A4 immune tolerance system and would also serve as more evidence for using this A4-mediated immune tolerance as a standard part of treatment for similar diseases.”