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NMWP 2017 Open for Entries

Bournemouth University in association with if: book UK announces the eighth annual New Media Writing Prize, now open for entries

This international competition encourages writers working with digital media to showcase their skills. It also aims to provoke discussion and raise awareness of new-media storytelling. There are five awards: Best New Media Writing, Best Student, The Dot Award, and the Gorkana Journalism Awards.


– The if:book New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK. The Unicorn 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 develop a new project. Donated by if:book UK. Click here for more info

– The Gorkana Journalism Awards, donated by Gorkana. Two awards: the UK award, and the International award, both £500 for the winner.

The judging panels are looking for great storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, 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 interactivity.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or simply an enthusiast, anyone can apply. It’s an international competition, open to all outside the UK. Entries must be in English.

The deadline is Friday November 24th 2017 12 noon GMT

Closing date for students is Friday 15th December 2017 12 noon GMT. 

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony on the 17th January 2018 where the winner will be announced. There will be substantial media coverage for the awards, and winners will be given full acknowledgement in all press releases and related material.

An esteemed panel of judges will select winning entries which will be published on the high profile new media web-hub, The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University website and will be showcased at the Awards Ceremony in January 2018.

For full details on what we are looking for, and how to enter, please visit the New Media Writing Prize website.

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