Member event: if:book New Media Writing Prize and Dot Award

Posted by Chris Meade on 19 October 2018


THE IF:BOOK UK NEW MEDIA WRITING PRIZE AND THE DOT AWARD are two major awards for digital literature supported by if:book uk. The main prize is in its tenth year, administered by Bournemouth University. The winner receives £1,000 and joins an impressive list of past recipients.  The Dot Award of £500 is given to a proposal by a poet or fiction writer inspired by the affordances of new media. The closing date is the end of November so go to NOW to enter.

The Dot Award: The prize will be awarded for a project idea which, in the judges’ opinion, shows promise and practicability. For the Dot Award we are looking for projects which aren’t necessarily technically complex but do create original and exciting literary work inspired by the affordances of the web, blogs, apps, social media etc. Chris Meade and if:book UK will liaise with the winner to support the project, which will be showcased at the New Media Writing Prize award ceremony (17th January 2018). Past winners are poets J.R.Carpenter, Theodoris Chiotis and Lou Sarabadzic.

if:book Prize and Unicorn Student Prize: We 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, documentary or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling.

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!

The judges will be looking for the following:

  1. Innovative use of new (digital) media/transmedia to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, or poem, or as-yet-unspecified form. Fiction or non-fiction.
  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)

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