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Enter for Bournemouth University New Media Writing Prize 2018

Bournemouth University Media and Communication Faculty has opened applications the eighth year of its annual international celebration on New-Media storytelling.

Application Deadlines:

  • The if:book Prize, Gorkana Journalism Awards, and Dot Award: Friday 24th November 2017 12 noon GMT
  • Unicorn Student Prize (FOR STUDENTS): Friday 15th December 2017 12 noon GMT.

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): United Kingdom

About the Award: The New Media Writing Prize showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international prize is now in its 7th 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. In the past six years, the NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field. For the 2016 competition there will be four prizes: The Main Prize, the Student Prize, the Dot Award, and the Gorkana Journalism Awards.

Get the idea? The essence of new-media writing is great storytelling which uses anything and everything that digital media can offer, along with user/audience interactivity. It’s got to be something that couldn’t work in ‘old’ media.

Categories: 

  • The if:book New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.
  • The Unicorn Student Prize: 3 months paid internship (or £500 in cash if the winner cannot undertake the placement) at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, working with Unicorn’s writing and design team.
  • The Dot Award: £500 to get develop a new project. Donated by if:book UK. Click here for more info
  • The Gorkana Journalism Award, donated by Gorkana. Two awards: the UK award, and the International award, both £500 for the winner.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: 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. Entries do need to be in English.

if:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize: 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!

The judges will be looking for the following:

  1. Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, or poem, or as-yet-unspecified form. Fiction or non-fiction.
  2. Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
  3. Effective use of interactive elements.
  4. A great example of how new media can do things traditional media can’t.
  5. The potential to reach out to a wide audience (i.e. not just specialist interest groups).

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 we 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. Chris Meade and if:book UK will liaise with the winner to support the project, which will be showcased at the 2017 New Media Writing Prize award ceremony (17th January 2018).

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.

Selection Criteria: 

1.     innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying fact-based narrative.
2.     does not need to be topical, but must be socially relevant.
3.     must adhere to journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
4.     ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
5.     effective use of interactive elements.
6.     an example of how new media can do things that traditional media cannot do.
7.     the potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest groups​

Value of Award:

  • The if:book New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.
  • 3 months paid internship (or £500 in cash if the winner cannot undertake the placement) at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, working with Unicorn’s writing and design team.
  • Two awards: the UK award, and the International award, both £500 for the winner.
  • The Dot Award: £500 to get develop a new project. Donated by if:book UK.

How to Apply: To submit his/her entry each entrant must do the following by Friday November 24th 2017 12 noon GMT or if a Student entry, by Friday 15th December 2017 12 noon GMT: (Late entries will not be considered.)

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

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Bournemouth University

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