Thompson Awards for Western American Writing – and Video!

Eleven $500 prizes will be awarded to CU Boulder students in the Spring of 2021
– one of those winners could be you!


SPECIAL VIDEO CATEGORY: “2020 Through My Lens”

This category is not limited to Western topics, and instead is open to work inspired by any of the many remarkable events – social, political, health-related, etc. – that burst onto the scene or simply became louder and more visible in the year 2020. Your video may take any form you wish, including documentary, video essay, spoken word, animation, dance, music — even standup comedy — to name just some of the possibilities.

Our writing categories this year continue to focus on Western topics.


With no entry fee, there is nothing to lose. So go ahead – “Write West!” — or show us “2020 Through Your Lens!”


Entry Deadline:

March 15, 2021


Open to CU Boulder students (graduate AND undergraduate) only.
See contest RULES for full details and eligibility requirements.