Deadline: Each entry for the MAIN prize should be submitted by November 27, 2015 by 12 noon GMT. Closing date for students is December 11, 2015 by 12 noon GMT | Apply here
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Eligibility: It is an international competition and anyone can apply.
Location: Bournemouth University, UK

The New Media Writing Prize showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international prize is now in its 6th year. The 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 five years, the NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field.

New Media Writing Prize 2015 Competition

What Are The Prizes?

There will be four prizes for 2015:
Main Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.
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 a new project started. Donated by if:book UK.
People’s Choice Prize: a cheque for £500. The winner chosen by the voting public.

Main Prize and Dot award Friday 27th November 2015 by 12 noon GMT; Student Prize Friday 11th December 2015 12 noon GMT. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, Wednesday January 20th 2016 at Bournemouth University. Winners will be announced at the ceremony.

Main Prize and Student Prize: 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.

The Dot Award: The prize will be awarded for a project idea which, in the judges’ opinion, shows promise and practicability – and could be completed by the end of 2016. For the Dot Award we are looking for projects which aren’t necessarily technically complex but do create original and exciting literary work inspired by the affordances of the web, blogs, apps, social media etc. Chris Meade and if:book UK will liaise with the winner to support the project, which will be showcased at the 2016 New Media Writing Prize award ceremony (TBA but probably January 2017).

Note: All entries must be in English.

The judges will be looking for the following criteria:
– Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, or poem, or as-yet-unspecified form. Fiction or non-fiction.
– Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
– Effective use of interactive elements.
– A great example of how new media can do things traditional media can’t.
– The potential to reach out to a wide audience (i.e. not just specialist interest groups).


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. Entries do need to be in English. For the Competitions Rules click here.


Each entry for the MAIN prize should be submitted by email to by Friday 27th November 2015 by 12 noon GMT. Closing date for students is Friday 11th December 2015 by 12 noon GMT. 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, wearable, or other electronic device, please provide clear instructions on how to view your piece.

Competition Rules (Terms and Conditions) | Click here.

The Shortlist for 2015 will be announced in January 2016.

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