New Media Writing International Prize 2014

New Media Writing International Prize 2014

Deadline: November 28, 2014

The 2014 New Media Writing Prize is now open for entries. Now in its, fifth year, the New Media Writing Prize showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. The International 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 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.


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.

Selection Criteria

The judges will be looking for the following:

  • Innovative use of new media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, poem, or as-yet-specified form.
  • 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).

What they are looking for

  • They 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.
  • They 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!


  • They 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.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, Wednesday January 21st 2015 at Bournemouth University. Winners will be announced at the Ceremony.

Check the terms and conditions.

For more information, visit New Media Writing Prize.