New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) Competition 2022

Deadline: November 25 2022

Deadline: November 25 2022

Applications open for the New Media Writing Prize Competition (NMWP) 2022. The Competition organised by Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation (“BU”) through The Faculty of Media and Communication.

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.

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

The winning work in each category will receive the following prize:

  • The Chris Meade Memorial UK New Media Writing Prize: £1000
  • The Student Award: TBD
  • The Opening Up Award: £500
  • The Digital Journalism Award: £500 and a year’s FIPP membership


  • The Competition is free and open to any person whatever their age or nationality.
  • Student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a developer, a designer or an enthusiast encouraged to apply
  • Entries do need to be in English.
  • Where an entrant is under 18, the entrant’s parents have consented to their entry in the Competition and their agreement to be bound by the Rules
  • 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.

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

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

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