The New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international prize is now in its 9th year. The prize encourages and promotes the best in new media writing and is leading the way toward the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling. For the 2018 competition there will be four prizes: The Main Prize, the Student Prize, the Dot Award, and the Gorkana Journalism Awards.
The Competition is free and open to any person whatever his/her age or nationality. BU assumes that where an entrant is under 18, the entrant’s parentshave consented to his/her entry in the Competition and his/her agreement to be bound by the Rules. All entries in all categories must be in English.
The objective of this Competition is to reward the best new media work based on the following criteria;
- innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying narrative or poem;
- ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer;
- effective use of interactive elements;
- an example of how new media can do things that traditional media cannot do;
- the potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest
Friday November 30th 2018 12 noon GMT
or if a Student entry, by Friday December 14th 2018 12 noon GM
- Unicorn Student Award: a paid work-placement of 3 months at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, or £500 in cash if the winner is unable to take up the internship.
- if:book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK, where the winner may also be a student
- The Journalism Award: £750 for the winner.
- The Dot Award: £500 and development support, offered by if:book UK.
f:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize
They are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, poem, documentary or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling.
They are looking for creativity, so try to be imaginative to create an engaging story i.e. combining any number of media elements, such as words on a screen combined with images and video clips. New media writing can be created using a variety of tools i.e. a word processor, DV camera, social networking tools (i.e. Twitter), mobile phone/s, a scanner, Augmented Reality software – anything goes!
The Dot Award
The prize will be awarded for a project idea which, in the judges’ opinion, shows promise and practicability. For the Dot Award they are looking for projects which aren’t necessarily technically complex but do create original and exciting literary work inspired by the affordances of the web, blogs, apps, social media etc.
The Gorkana Journalism Awards:
The Gorkana Journalism Awards honour innovative stories based on factual material and featuring digital media. Interactive documentaries, multimedia features and serious games are all considered. Entries must incorporate new media technologies and platforms. This is the first year that these prizes are being awarded.
Criteria for the Gorkana Awards:
- innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying fact-based narrative.
- does not need to be topical, but must be socially relevant.
- must adhere to journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
- ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
- effective use of interactive elements.
- an example of how new media can do things that traditional media cannot do.
- the potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest groups
For more information and to apply please go to http://newmediawritingprize.co.uk/