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  • NYS Writers Institute

Call for submissions: Award for Social Impact Writing

In conjunction with philanthropists Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters, and the Yaddo artists' community in Saratoga Springs, we are proud to announce a call for submissions for The Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Annual Award on Business and Society Writing, celebrating young writers who aim to ignite positive social change fueled by their writing. The winner will receive a check for $5,000.

The award is financed by the Creative Force Fund started by Bruce Piasecki, founder of the AHC Group Inc., a general management consulting firm specializing in growth, energy, environment, and sustainability. Bruce is also the bestselling author of several books including Doing More with Less, World Inc. and Missing Persons. He was featured in conversation with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl in April 2020. Watch video.

Bruce has devoted his life to catalyzing change and he hopes to inspire future generations to do the same. With this Award, he and his wife Andrea Masters hope to foster a new generation of writers interested in pursuing this underserved theme.

Application criteria

Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old and have at least one work published prior to August 15, 2021. These works may include essays, research papers, books, and articles.

Topics must be thematically consistent with positive social impact and business.

Themes include, but are not limited to, climate change, racial/gender equality, sustainability, and innovation.

How to Apply

To apply, send your published piece (link or PDF) and include a brief (1-2 page) working plan regarding what you aim to do next in your writing endeavors and future career plans (the next 5-10 years), to and Please contact the same with any questions that you may have.


Submissions will be accepted until August 15, 2021. The award will be granted in a public ceremony in with the NYS Writers Institute and Yaddo, pictured below.


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