The New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) showcases exciting and inventive stories and poetry that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international prize is now in its 10th 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.
The NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field, from all around the world. For the 2019 competition there will be four prizes: The if:book UK New Media Writing Award, the Unicorn Student Award, the Dot Award, and the Digital Journalism Award.
a. Unicorn Student Award: £750 donated by Unicorn Training – students only!
b. if:book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK, where the winner may also be a student
c. The Future Journalism Award: £750 offered by Future PLC for innovative and important digital journalism, where the winner may also be a student.
d. The Dot Award: £500 and development support, offered by if:book UK, where the winner may also be a student
e. Skylab Innovation Award, £500 sponsored by Skylab and Bournemouth University – A new award to celebrate 10 years of the New Media Writing Prize and Genarrator. The prize celebrates innovative use of the Genarrator platform (Genarrator-made entries only please!), where the winner may also be a student. Go to http://genarrator.org/ to access the platform)
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.
PLEASE NOTE: there are different criteria for each fo the award categories, so please read the following notes carefully, and enter for the category that best suits your work.
The if:book UK Award and Unicorn Student Award: 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!
Criteria for The if:book UK Award and Unicorn Student Award:
- Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, or poem, or as-yet-unspecified form. Fiction or non-fiction.
- Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
- Effective use of interactive elements.
- A great example of how new media can do things traditional media can’t.
- 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 (Weds Jan 15th 2020).
The Future Journalism Award: The Journalism Award honours innovative stories based on factual material and featuring digital media. Interactive documentaries, multimedia features and gamified journalism are all considered. Entries must incorporate new media technologies and platforms.
Criteria for the Future Journalism Award:
- 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
The Skylab Innovation Award: a special award to celebrate 10 years of collaboration between Bournemouth University and Skylab. Entries to this category must be built and published in Genarrator. See http://genarrator.org/ . It’s free to create an account and all design, editing and publishing is done online via Genarrator’s unique and very easy-to-use interface.
Criteria for the Skylab Innovation Award:
- innovative use of the Genarrator platform to create an engaging, satisfying fiction or non narrative.
- effective use of interactive elements.
- an example of how Genarrator can do things that traditional media cannot do.
- the potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest groups.