New Media Writing Prize 2016( £2,000 plus 3 months paid internship at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK)

Submission Deadline:

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.


  • 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.


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


There are four categories/prizes for 2016 –

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.
The Dot Award: £500 to get a new project started. Donated by if:book UK. Find Out  more info
The Gorkana Journalism Award, donated by Gorkana. Two awards: the UK award, and the International award, both £500 for the winner.


Main Prize, Gorkana Journalism Awards, and Dot Award Wednesday 30th November 2016 12 noon GMT

Student Prize Friday 16th December 2016 12 noon GMT. 

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, Wednesday January 18th 2017 at Bournemouth University. Winners will be announced at the ceremony.


Each entry for the MAIN, and STUDENT prizes should be submitted by email to [email protected] 

MAIN prize by Wednesday 30th November 2016 by 12 noon GMT.

Closing date for students is Friday 16th December 2016 by 12 noon GMT.

Dot Award: send to [email protected] by Wednesday 30th November 2016 by 12 noon GMT.

Gorkana Journalism Awards: send to [email protected] by Wednesday 30th November 2016 by 12 noon GMT.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the New Media Writing Prize 2016




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