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New Media Prize

10 April 2010
New Media Prize
Poole Literary Festival is delighted to announce their partnership with The Media School at Bournemouth University to establish a Prize for New Media Writing. The prize will allow writers working with New Media to showcase their skills, provoke discussion and raise awareness of new media writing and the future of the written word. The competition is now open for entries. The deadline for entries to reach us is Midday, 15th September 2010. Click here for information on how to enter and here to see who is on the judging panel.

Michael Bhaskar, a member of the judging panel, said: "This award is breaking genuinely new ground in looking at how digital technology is transforming written communication. As the first award of its kind globally it will be a landmark in the increasingly exciting arena of new media writing and I am thrilled to be involved."
What it is:

Storytelling, whether fiction or non-fiction, written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, on the web, or via mobile phone.
Could be thought of as a short story, a novel, a documentary, or poetry.
However, ‘writing’ and ‘literature’ in the digital age now can include words, images, film, animation, and interactivity for the audience.
New media writing can be created using any equipment you wish, from a word processor, to a DV camera; you can shoot photos on your mobile phone, or scan objects on you desktop scanner – anything goes, as long as you have an engaging story to tell (or poetry to express).
You can tell your story by combining any number of media elements, e.g. words on a screen combined with images and video clips.
What it isn’t:

A story/poem written for print which you upload to a webpage or place on a CDROM.
Simply screens of words uploaded to your blog.
Simply a slide show of photos uploaded to Flickr.
Simply a video uploaded to YouTube.
What do we mean by ‘interactivity for the audience’?

Innovative use of new media to create an engaging, satisfying narrative, or poetry
Ease of accessibility for the reader/viewer
Effective use of interactive elements
Show us that new media can do things ‘old’ media can’t!

(More information HERE.)
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