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Bournemouth University New Media Writing Prize 2020 for Students and Professionals

Bournemouth University Media and Communication Faculty has opened applications the ninth year of its annual international celebration on New-Media storytelling – New Media Writing Prize.

In the past six years, the NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field. For the 2019 competition there will be four prizes: The if:book UK New Media Writing Award, the Unicorn Student Award, the Dot Award, and the Digital Journalism Award.

Get the idea? The essence of new-media writing is great storytelling which uses anything and everything that digital media can offer, along with user/audience interactivity. It’s got to be something that couldn’t work in ‘old’ media.

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About New Media Writing Prize

The New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) showcases exciting and inventive stories and poetry that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international event is now in its 11th year. The NMWP encourages and promotes the best in new media writing and is leading the way toward the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling.  The NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field, from all around the world. To see the amazing spectrum of creativity we celebrate, please browse the shortlisters and winners from the past... read more


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Bournemouth University NMWC  Unicorn Student Prize


Aim and Benefits of Bournemouth University NMWC  Unicorn Student Prize

  1. The if:book New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.
  2. The Unicorn Student Prize: 3 months paid internship (or £500 in cash if the winner cannot undertake the placement) at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, working with Unicorn’s writing and design team.

The prize will be awarded for a project idea which, in the judges’ opinion, shows promise and practicability. 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 2020 New Media Writing Prize award ceremony.


Requirements for Bournemouth University NMWC  Unicorn Student Prize Qualification

  1. 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.
  2. It’s also an international competition, open to all outside the UK.
  3. Entries do need to be in English.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Bournemouth University NMWC  Unicorn Student Prize

Selection Criteria: 

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

Application Deadline

December 12, 2020

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Bournemouth University NMWC Future Journalism Award


Aim and Benefits of Bournemouth University NMWC Future Journalism Award

  1. The Journalism Award: £tbc for the winner, where the winner may also be a student, i.e. satisfies point d. of clause 7

Requirements for Bournemouth University NMWC Future Journalism Award Qualification

The Journalism Award honours innovative stories based on factual material and featuring digital media. Interactive documentaries, multimedia features and gamified journalism are all considered. Entries must incorporate new media technologies and platforms.

Criteria for the Future Journalism Award:

  1. Innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying fact-based narrative.
  2. Does not need to be topical, but must be socially relevant.
  3. Must adhere to journalistic standards of accuracy and fairness.
  4. Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer.
  5. Effective use of interactive elements.
  6. An example of how new media can do things that traditional media cannot do.
  7. The potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest groups?

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Application Deadline

December 12, 2020

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Bournemouth University NMWC Skylab Innovation Award


Aim and Benefits of Bournemouth University NMWC Skylab Innovation Award

  1. The Skylab Innovation Award, £500, where the winner may also be a student, i.e. satisfies point d. of clause 7.

Requirements for Bournemouth University NMWC Skylab Innovation Award Qualification

A special award to celebrate 10 years of collaboration between Bournemouth University and Skylab. Entries to this category must be built and published in Genarrator. See http://genarrator.org/ . It’s free to create an account and all design, editing and publishing is done online via Genarrator’s unique and very easy-to-use interface.

Criteria for the Skylab Innovation Award:

  1. Innovative use of the Genarrator platform to create an engaging, satisfying fiction or non narrative.
  2. Effective use of interactive elements.
  3. An example of how Genarrator can do things that traditional media cannot do.
  4. The potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just specialist interest groups?.

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Application Deadline

December 12, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to New Media Writing Prize on newmediawritingprize.co.uk to apply

For more details, visit NMWP website



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