The Judges

Andy Campbell will be co-judging the if:book UK  New Media Writing Prize, and the Unicorn Student Award. Andy Campbell is the Digital Director for arts/media organisation One to One Development Trust and the founder/lead author of One to One’s award-winning in-house Virtual Reality and digital fiction development studio Dreaming Methods. He has been producing cutting-edge electronic literature and experimental narrative games for over 20 years. One of his most recent projects Digital Fiction Curios in collaboration with digital artist and film-maker Judi Alston and Professor Alice Bell from Sheffield Hallam University is an immersive archive that uniquely houses early works of digital writing.

Lisa Gee will be among the judges of the if:book UK  New Media Writing Prize, and Unicorn Student Prize. Lisa Gee is a Research Associate on the Ego-Media Project at Kings College London and a post-doctoral researcher at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. She has recently completed her PhD in Digital Writing by Practice at Bath Spa University and is an author and editor.

Brad Gyori – co-judging the Future Journalism Award. Brad Gyori is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University. He holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and has taught both media theory and production at ASU and the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in downtown Chicago. As a television writer-producer, he has worked for such networks as MTV, VH1, FX, E! and HBO online. For ten years, he was the Head Writer of the Emmy award winning Talk Soup. He has been nominated for five Emmys. Currently, Brad’s research focuses on interactive and locative narratives as tools to educate participants and celebrate cultural heritage. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Interactive Storytelling, Journalism Education, The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning and Flow. 

Amira Hanafi will be co-judging the if:book Uk New Media Writing Prize. Amira is a writer and artist living in Cairo. Her work, ‘A dictionary of the revolution’, won the NMWP 2018, as well as the Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature. She has exhibited most recently at Sodų 4 in Vilnius, Studio XX in Montréal, and Flux Factory in New York. She is the author of ‘Forgery’ (Green Lantern Press 2011) and ‘Minced English’, as well as a number of limited edition artist’s books and electronic publications.

Mary Hogarth will be co-judging the Future Journalism Award. Educator, media specialist, and writer, Mary Hogarth is a HEA Senior Fellow and former Head of Features Journalism at Solent University, who now has a fractional post at Bournemouth University. With more than 20 years’ industry experience and lecturing experience, Mary set up The Magazine Expert Ltd consultancy practice in 2015, specialising in new title launches (print, online and digital), audience engagement, editorial development and sustainable business strategies. To date, Mary has written numerous articles on magazine publishing and authored three books – How To Launch A Magazine In This Digital Age (Bloomsbury, 2014), Business Strategies for Magazine Publishing (Routledge, 2018) and Writing Feature Articles (Routledge, 2019). She has recently embarked on a PhD investigating how magazine business practices have evolved as a result of the digital age.

Jackie Kennedy will be judging the Unicorn Student award. Since joining Unicorn in 1998 Jacqueline has had a variety of roles, the majority of which were centered around the Digital Learning area of the core Unicorn business. This included, project management, operational direction, course visualization and development and quality assurance through to her current role, awarded in 2012, of Chief Operating Office. Throughout this time Jacqueline has been responsible for the management and delivery of more than 300 creative eLearning projects, large and small. Jacqueline’s passion for lifelong learning, across professional qualifications and soft skills has led her to continue to study frequently throughout her career.

Kayt Lackie is a Canadian writer, artist and musician. Kayt will be judging the if:book UK  New Media Writing Prize and the Unicorn Student Award. As Kayt Burgess, she publishes fiction, poetry and plays in a variety of genres. Her first novel Heidegger Stairwell won the infamous 3 Day Novel Contest and was published by 3 Day Books and Arsenal Pulp Press. It was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award for Fiction. Her second novel Connection at Newcombe is due out Autumn 2020. She was a recurring scriptwriter on the augmented reality fitness app Zombies, Run!. She received her Ph.D. in Digital Writing from Bath Spa University where she also taught on the BA in creative writing. Kayt’s research focuses on multimodal and transmedia literature, as well as extended reality and community storytelling. Currently she is the Artistic Director of The VESSEL Transmedia Storytelling Lab in Northern Ontario, Canada. 

Sam Loveridge will be judging the Future Journalism Award. Sam is a gaming digital journalist currently rocking it as the Global Editor-In-Chief at GamesRadar+ (one of Future’s high profile digital brands) with a brilliant team. Sam’s previous positions include Gaming Editor at FANDOM, Digital Spy and Trusted Reviews.   Before this, Sam had a brief and successful stint as a successful freelancer, where she wrote for The Guardian, Empire magazine, GamesRadar+, TechRadar, GamesTM, GamesMaster and more

Chris MeadeJudge of the DOT Award: Chris Meade recently completed his PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University. His transmedia novel What Didn’t Quite and contextual research Nearlywriting Nearlyology can be found at He writes songs and performs with Chris & The Ifso. Founder of if:book uk, a charitable company exploring the future of the book and digital possibilities for literature, he’s written plays, comedy and articles, been CEO of the Poetry Society and Booktrust, made improvised music as a member of Academy Inegales, been a participant in Tino Sehgal’s 2012 installation These Associations at Tate Modern Turbine Hall, and is currently Chair of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine.

Peter Phillips will be judging the if:book UK award and the Unicorn Student award. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a qualified accountant. He began his career in the UK energy industry, where in 1981 he became the youngest ever British Coal Chief Accountant, and was Director of Studies of the industry management college until 1986, when he set up his own business “The Unicorn Training Partnership”, based in Bournemouth. Unicorn has grown each year to become a world leader in the development and use of strategic business simulations, and major provider of e-learning solutions to the UK insurance and banking sectors. In 2009 he was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to e-learning at the UK industry awards.  Unicorn Training were ranked as the 2011 and 2013 UK Outstanding eLearning Company, and are delighted to once again support the New Media Writing Prize by sponsoring the Student Prize.

Christine Wilks will be one of the judges of the if:book UK  New Media Writing Prize. She is a digital writer, artist and developer of interactive narratives and playable media. Her digital fiction, Underbelly, won the New Media Writing Prize 2010 and the MaMSIE Digital Media Competition 2011. Her work is published in online journals, exhibitions and anthologies, including the ‘Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2’ and the ‘ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature’, and has been presented internationally at festivals, exhibitions and conferences. She is currently building her own platform for authoring and playing text-driven interactive digital narratives, which she is using to develop a psychological thriller. She is Digital Fiction Designer & Research Fellow for ‘Writing New Bodies: Critical Co-design for 21st Century Digital-born Bibliotherapy’, an international project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. See her creative portfolio at