Call for entries – The New Media Writing Prize – first deadline 28 November 2014

What Are The Prizes?

There are three categories/prizes –
Main Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.
Student Prize: 3 months paid internship at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, working with Unicorn’s writing and design team.
People’s Choice Prize: Details TBC.

When Is The Deadline?

Main Prize Friday 28th November 2014 by 12 noon GMT; Student Prize Friday 12th December 2014 12 noon GMT. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, Wednesday January 21st 2015 at Bournemouth University. Winners will be announced at the Ceremony.

What Are We Looking For?

We 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.

We 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!

What We’re NOT Looking For:

We are not looking for a story/poem which you can upload to a web page or place on a disc.
We are not looking for screens of words uploaded to your blog, and we are not looking for a slideshow of photos uploaded to Flickr or a video uploaded to YouTube.

What Are The Judging Criteria?

The judges will be looking for the following:
Innovative use of new media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, poem, or as-yet-specified form.
Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
Effective use of interactive elements.
An example of how new media can do things traditional media can’t.
The potential to reach out to an wide audience (i.e. not just specialist interest groups).

For the Competition Rules, please click here.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone can apply! Whether you’re a student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a developer, a designer or an enthusiast, the competition is open to all. It’s also an international competition, open to all outside the UK. For the Competitions Rules click here.

How Do I Submit My Work?

Each entry should be submitted by email to by Friday 28th November 2014 by 12 noon GMT. Closing date for students is Friday 12th December 2014 12 noon GMT.

Each emailed entry should contain an active URL for the judges to access your work. However, if your entry is for viewing on a mobile phone, wearable, or other electronic device, please provide clear instructions on how to view your piece.

It is important that you read and understand the Competition Rules. Your entry will be disqualified if you do not comply with these Rules.