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Call for Applications: New Media Writing Prize 2021

The 2021 New Media Writing Prize is now open for entries! Apply now!

The international event of the New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) is now in its 12th 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 interactive storytelling. They showcase exciting and inventive stories and poetry that integrate a variety of digital formats, platforms, and media.

They 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. They 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!

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Criteria for all the categories: Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying fictional or non-fictional narrative, poem, or other story forms.

  • 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).

They are not looking for a text-only story/poem which you simply upload to a web page or place on a disc. Non-interactive Word documents of PDFs are not eligible. They are not looking for screens of words uploaded to your blog, and they are not looking for a slideshow of photos uploaded to Flickr or a video uploaded to YouTube. The essence of new media writing for them 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.


  • if:book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if:book UK.

  • The Writing Magazine Student Award: Winner’s choice of one year’s free subscription to Writing Magazine; or a free creative writing course, tailored to the winner’s needs.

  • The FIPP Digital Journalism Award: £500, plus a year’s membership with FIPP.

  • The Opening Up Award: £500. The winner will be chosen through public voting.


  • 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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

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