2014 New Media Writing Prize ( a paid work-­placement of 3months at Unicorn Training,Bournemouth,UK)

Deadlines: Main Prize Friday 28th November 2014 by 12 noon GMT; Student Prize Friday 12th December 2014 12 noon GMT.

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 5th year. The   Competition   is   organised   by   Bournemouth   University   Higher   Education   Corporation  (“BU”)  through  The  Media  School.

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 four years, the NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field.

The New Media Writing Prize  is 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.
  • 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.
There are three categories/prizes –
The  winning  work  will  receive  one  or  more  of  the  following  three  prizes:
  • Best  Student  New  Media  Writing  Prize:   a  paid   work-­placement   of  3  months   at   Unicorn  Training,   Bournemouth,   UK
  • Best  New  Media  Writing  Prize:  £1000 donated  by  if:book  UK,  where  the  winner  may  also  be  a  student,  ie.  satisfies  point  d.  of  clause  7.
  • The  People’s  Choice:    £250,  where  the  winner  may  also  be  the  winner  of  a  and/or  b  above

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.

Judging Criteria:

The judges will be looking for the following:

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


  • 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.

How to Submit Your Work:

  • Each entry should be submitted by email to [email protected] 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.

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