The UCSB Writing Program and Starting Lines are pleased to announce a new annual award titled “The Mashey M. Bernstein ‘Future Writer’ Award.” It will be presented for the best essay published in Starting Lines from students in Writing 1 and Linguistics 12. Dr. Bernstein taught in the Writing Program from 1991 to 2015 and had a special affection for Writing 1 and Starting Lines. He wanted to honor and inspire students who had begun their journey at the university and who showed considerable promise as writers. The selection will be made by a panel of judges and comes with a $500 dollar award. The first award will be made at the Starting Lines Publication Party on Friday, October 11 (10:00-12:00 in the McCune Room 6th floor, South Hall.) Please join us to celebrate this welcome addition to our Program offerings.