Entries are being invited for an international award which has been launched to celebrate writers working in new media.
Poole Literary Festival is delighted to announce their partnership with The Media School at Bournemouth University to establish a prize for new media writing. The prize will allow writers working with new media to showcase their skills, provoke discussion and raise awareness of new media writing and the future of the written word.
For each of the two categories, student and professional, there will be a chance to win an Apple iPad and £250. Plus, prize winners will be advised on how to get their winning idea published by Creative Content who specialise in digital audio books. Winning entries will be published on the Poole Literary Festival & Bournemouth University websites and may also be published on relevant new media writing partners’ websites and in media/press releases.
The deadline is Midday September 15th 2010.
New media is a broad term for communicating information dynamically and interactively. Interaction such as online multi-player gaming and social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and Wikis) for example, allow users to behave actively instead of passively through creative participation, feedback and community formation.
- 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 a mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction.
- 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 – anything goes!
- We are not looking for a story/poem which you can upload to a web page or place on a disc.
We are not looking for screens of words uploaded to your blog and we are not looking for a slideshow of photos uploaded to Flickr or a video uploaded to YouTube.
The judges will be looking for the following:
- Innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying narrative or poem
- Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer
- Effective use of interactive elements
- An example of how new media can do things traditional media can’t
Entries must be submitted by 15th September and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on 31st October.
The contest is open to all, anyone can apply! Whether you’re a student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a Flash designer or an enthusiast. It’s also an international competition, open to all outside the UK. For Entry Rules click here.
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 or other electronic device, please provide clear instructions on how to view your piece. It’s important you read the Entry Rules before submitting, otherwise you could be disqualified.
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