The 2019 awards event

The tenth anniversary of the New Media Writing Prize was a resounding success yesterday (Jan 15th) with a diverse display of digital interactive storytelling. Featuring  a wonderful hands-on experience of VR narratives from One To One Development Trust, and entries from 6 continents, this year’s event truly showed how rich the world of new media writing is.

The afternoon session with One To One’s Dreaming Methods allowed participants to try out the amazing Digital Curios VR world. Over 100 people passed through the digital doors and were able to explore the beautiful world of the digital curiosity shop.

The digital curiosity shop.


The Future Journalism award was won by Mahmoud El Wakea’s  ‘Made in Prison’, an investigation of Jihadi radicalisation in Egypt. A powerful use of text, media and interactivity.

Made in Prison


The Unicorn Training Student award was won by Kenneth Sanchez for ‘Escaping the Chaos’. His emotive portrayal of Venezuelan migrants in Peru really brought to life the personal dramas of people trying to better their lives.

Escaping the Chaos


The Dot award for 2019 went to Claire Pollard, the editor of  Modern Poetry in Translation: the £500 award will allow MPiT to digitise their magazine, offering interactivity and digital enhancements to their print work. We will feature more about this project soon!


Finally, the if:book UK New Media Writing Prize, the main category, was won by Maria Ivanova and her team of writers from Belarus. ‘The Life of Grand Duchess Elizabeth’ is a beautifully designed and moving account of the inspiring  life a Russian Duchess. Her’s what Maria and Anna of the team said to us:

Read it for yourself!

The Life of Grand Duchess Elizabeth