New Media Writing Prize 2016 open for entries

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

The 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 (new for this year).


  • £1000, donated by if: book UK for the Best New Media Writing
  • a 3-month paid work-placement at top e-learning company, Unicorn Training, in Dorset, UK, for the Best Student
  • £500 and development support, for The Dot Prize, donated by if: book UK for the best idea for a new project
  • £500 for the Gorkana Journalism Award, UK category
  • £500 for the Gorkana Journalism Award, International category

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 Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 12 noon GMT. Closing date for students is Friday, December 16th at 12 noon GMT. Entry details can be found on the New Media Writing Prize website.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony on the 18th January 2017 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 2017.

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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