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Please note that the 2020 is now open for entries!

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

The Writing Magazine Digital Journalism award:

News announcement of the winning piece, on the Writing Magazine website.
Feature on Writing Magazine email (this goes out to 18,000 people).
Social media post.
Coverage of the winning piece inside the magazine.
Two free annual digital subscriptions and one free annual print subscription. We can also offer one winner unlimited access to The Writer’s App.

Entries must be received by Friday November 27th 2020 12 noon UK time.

If a Student entry, by Friday 18th December 2020 12 noon UK time.

Journalism award entries: by Friday 11th December 2020 12 noon UK time.

(Late entries will not be considered):

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!

Criteria for The if:book UK Award:

  1. Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying fictional or non-fictional narrative, poem, or other story form.
  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).

NB All entries in all categories must be in English.

We 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.

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 essence of new-media writing for us 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.

Read the competition rules which is strongly recommended. Download them here.

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 Competition Rules click here

Each entry for any of our Prizes should be submitted via the online form.

Each 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.

Each entry should contain the following information within the text of the entry form:

a. title of the work; clear access details, including, eg, URL, download instructions, app access code if required (if an access code is needed for an app, we require 6 free codes, for the judges)

b. entrant’s contact details: name, email address, telephone number and postal address. For joint entries, all entrants’ contact details must be provided with identification of the main entrant for contact purposes;

c. entrant’s short autobiography (50-100 words). For joint entries, all entrants must provide their autobiographies.

d. entrants who wish to submit as students must provide a proof of identity which should be copied into the entry form in the short biography section, e.g. a scan copy of entrant’s Student Union ID card or university enrolment number, which will be authenticated at the organiser’s discretion.

It is important that you read and understand the Competition Rules. Your entry will be disqualified if you do not comply with these Rules.