The 2020 New Media Writing Prize


Published: August, 29 September 2020

Entries must be received by Friday November 27th 2020 or if a Student entry, by Friday 18th December 2020.

Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone.

The competition is organised by Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation through The Faculty of Media and Communication.

The New Media Writing Prize is open for entries from writers working with digital media.

We 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, narrative game, documentary, or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling.

We 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!

All entries in must be in English.

2019 Winners

The life of Grand Duchess Elizabeth by Maria Ivanova — if:book Main Prize Winner 2019

Escaping the Chaos by Kenneth Sanchez — Unicorn Training Student Prize Winner 2019

Made in Prison by Mahmoud el Wakea — The Future Journalism Award Winner 2019

Click here to see all the winners and shortlisted entries.

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.

if:book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1,000 donated by if:book UK

Competition website
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