International New Media Writing Prize 2011, UK

International New Media Writing Prize 2011, UKDeadline: 31 October 2011

Eligibility: Anyone can apply! Whether you’re a student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a Flash designer or an enthusiast, the competition is open to all. It’s also an international competition, open to all outside the UK.

The is delighted to announce 2nd annual prize for writing.

The prize encourages writers working with new media to showcase their skills, provoke discussion and raise awareness of new media writing, the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling.

There are two two categories, student and professional.
Winners in each category will receive a valuable bundle of new media hardware and software.
Winning entries will be published on high profile new media web-hub The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University websites and will be showcased at the Awards ceremony, to be held at Bournemouth University on November 23rd.
There will also be substantial media coverage of the Award, and winners will be given full acknowledgement in all press releases and related material.

Midday on Monday October 31st 2011. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony in November and winners will be announced then.

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, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. We are looking for creativity, so try to 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 – anything goes!

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.

The judges will be looking for the following:

  • Innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying narrative or poem
  • 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

The 2010 new , Underbelly by Christine Wilks

Nightingale’s Playground by Andy Campbell (New Media Writing Prize Judge)
from Dreaming Methods

If you have a new media story in mind and would like to collaborate with digital artists, look for volunteers to help you. There are many artists on Mandy, Arts Job Finder or try local volunteer centres such as Volunteering Dorset.

Each entry should be submitted by email to submissions@newmediawritingprize.co.uk by midday on Monday 31st October 2011. 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 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.

New media is a broad term for communicating information dynamically and interactively. It is the amalgamation of traditional media such as films, images, music and the written word but with interactive features. Interactivity is enabled through digital means such as computer programs, games consoles, computer hand-held devices, communication technologies and the internet. Interaction such as online multi-player gaming and social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and Wikis) for example, allow users to behave actively instead of passively through creative participation, feedback and community formation.

With the popular demand of eBooks, which can be read on devices such as Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad and Blackberry’s Playbook, new opportunities have arisen for writers. Publishers are beginning to realise the potential of the new art form in creating, for example, interactive eBooks and we hope the prize will raise awareness, reward those working in new media and add to the debate. Read what Michael Bhaskar, Digital Publishing Manager at Profile Books, has to say on his article a view from the publishing office. This new digital platform offers writers the chance to explore a playground of limitless creations and new opportunities to collaborate with other artists.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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