The New Media Writing Prize

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The New Media Writing Prize

Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation (BU) through The Faculty of Media and Communication is pleased to announce that the 2018 New Media Writing Prize (NMWP). The competition is open to all, whether you’re a student, a professional, an artist, a writer, a developer, a designer or an enthusiast.

The New Media Writing Prize (NMWP) showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. It has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field.

For the 2018 competition, there will be four prizes: The if book UK New Media Writing Award, the Unicorn Student Award, the Dot Award, and the Cision Journalism Award.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • 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.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate in the competition, applicants must submit an online application for each award through the given link:


  • ‘if book UK New Media Writing Award’ and ‘Unicorn Student Award’ should be submitted via the online form or by email to
  • Dot Award: send via the online form or email to
  • Gorkana Journalism Awards: send via the online form or to


  • Entries do need to be in English.
  • The objective of this Competition is to reward the best new media work based on the following criteria:
    • innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying narrative or poem
    • ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer
    • effective use of interactive elements
    • an example of how new media can do things that traditional media cannot do
    • The potential to reach out to a wide audience, i.e. not just special interest groups
  • The Competition is free and open to any person whatever his/her age or nationality
  • BU assumes that where an entrant is under 18, the entrant’s parents have consented to his/her entry in the Competition and his/her agreement to be bound by the Rules
  • It is possible for one person to submit more than one entry provided each entry is submitted separately
  • It is possible for several persons to submit a joint entry provided one entrant is identified as the main contact
  • Each entry should contain the following information within the text of the entry email:
    • Title of the work
    • Entrant’s contact details: name, email address, telephone number and postal address. For joint entries, all entrants’ contact details must be provided with an 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 a work for the Unicorn Student Award must provide a proof of identity which should be displayed in the body of the entry email, e.g. a scanned copy of entrant’s Student Union ID card or university enrolment number, which will be authenticated at the organizer’s discretion.
    • No attachments will be accepted. The email may contain links but may not contain footnotes or formatted text.


  • Unicorn Student Award: a paid work-placement of 3 months at Unicorn Training, Bournemouth, UK, or £500 in cash if the winner is unable to take up the internship.
  • if book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1000 donated by if: book UK, where the winner may also be a student
  • The Journalism Award: £750 for the winner.
  • The Dot Award: £500 and development support, offered by if: book UK.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018, 12 noon GMT or If a Student entry, by Friday, December 14, 2018, 12 noon GMT.

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All queries regarding the competition rules should be addressed to

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