Opening of the New Media Writing Prize for 2022

Bournemouth University’s New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) is now in its 13th year and is open to entries seeking the best digital and interactive works of fiction or non-fiction.

Winners will receive prizes in the categories of interactive digital storytelling, journalism and literature. The main prize of £1,000.00 is sponsored by if:book, followed by £500.00 for the best journalistic article and the audience’s choice category, retrospectively sponsored by FIPP media and Wonderbox digital. The contest is free.

The judging panel is made up of Bournemouth University’s principal academic in English and communication, Dr Jim Pope, and Lisa Gee, research associate at the Ego-Media project at Kings College London. Other names will be announced in the coming months.

Dr Pope commented: “As a judge I am looking first and foremost for great storytelling and then I want to be engaged with the potential of digital media and interactivity in a way that ‘old’ media can’t offer.

“I’ve been participating in the New Media Writing Prize for a decade now,” Lisa said. “Judging the work is always inspiring and moving. I encourage anyone creating interactive works, especially in digital formats, to participate.

“The size of your budget doesn’t matter – we know that while some projects are funded by big companies with deep pockets, others are knitted together by one person, from a small budget and an idea that won’t leave them alone.”

The competition seeks original works of ‘born-digital’ storytelling and paves the way for the future of the word ‘written’ and interactive storytelling. Contest rules and FAQs can be viewed on their website.

NMWP organizer and leading academic in health and science communication, Dr Lyle Skains said: “I am delighted to lead the NMWP, continuing its journey as the premier digital writing competition in English language storytelling and journalism.

Creators from all over the world, students and artists, amateurs and professionals, submit works that use digital media in creative and, frankly, amazing ways. I can’t wait to see the directions it takes in the years to come.

The application deadline for external authors is November 25, 2022 and student work will be submitted by December 20, 2022. The awards ceremony will take place in January 2023.

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