new media writing prize media release

The 2012 New Media Writing Prize is now open for submissions
Shortlist announcement 01/11/2012 at an event in London
Prize Ceremony 28/11/2012 at Bournemouth University.

Bournemouth University and if:book UK are delighted to announce
    that the New Media Writing Prize 2012 is open for submissions (deadline: midday GMT Friday 12th October 2012).
    the 2012 judging panel

Now in its third year, the New Media Writing Prize is awarded for
    excellent storytelling (fiction or non-fiction)
    work written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing via digital media
  entries can include work in the form of short story, novel, documentary or poetry using words, images, film and/or animation with audience interaction.

In addition to the main prize (open to all), there is a student award and, new for 2012, a People's Choice prize, sponsored by Arts Bournemouth as part of Bournemouth Arts Festival.

The winner of the main Prize will receive an iPad donated by if:book UK

The student winner can choose between a paid internship with if:book UK and an iPad

Winning entries will be published on, high profile new media web-hub The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University websites, and will be showcased at the Awards ceremony, to be held at Bournemouth University on 28 November 2012. 
The judges
Chair: Dr James Pope
Sarah Butler
Lisa Gee
Sam Missingham
Louise Rice

Chair: Dr James Pope.
 Jim is co-founder of the New Media Writing Prize and senior lecturer at the Media School, Bournemouth University. He has a particular interest in how digital media may be changing narrative forms as well as reading and writing practices. the teaching of creative writing in digital media environments, and children's literature. As well as several recent publications around his research into readers' reactions to interactive fiction, Jim has also published six novels for children and teenagers.

Sarah Butler 
is a novelist and founder of Urban Words, a consultancy running literature-based projects that engage with the process of regeneration in innovative ways. She’s been writer in residence on the Central Line and was lead writer on LEAP! the International 24 Hour Book produced with Spread the Word. Her first novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love will be published in February 2013 by Picador and rights have already been sold in eleven languages and the USA.

Lisa Gee 
writes on books and new media literature, is an if:book associate, is the author of non-fiction titles Stage Mum and Friends: why men and women are from the same planet and the editor of Bricks Without Mortar: the selected poems of Hartley Coleridge. Her current writing project – HayleyWorld: the story of a nice man, a proposed biography of not-terribly-good, long-dead poet William Hayley – can be viewed/pre-purchased on the Unbound website. @LIS4G33

Sam Missingham
Sam Missingham is head of events & marketing for The Bookseller Group. This includes FutureBook, The Bookseller and We Love This Book. She is responsible for audience building, events and awards management, programming and all areas of marketing.

Working to ensure The Bookseller is considered the essential brand for the book trade and to establish FutureBook as THE resource for all things digital publishing. She thinks the world is full of exciting possibilities thanks to the meeting of technology and  the publishing industry.

She can mostly be found on Twitter @samatlounge or drinking wine at some book do.

Louise Rice 
has over 30 years' international publishing experience in educational, trade and reference publishing, and now works as a Producer and on Business Development at Touch Press, renowned for their award-winning apps such as Elements and Waste Land. She is currently immersed in the production of War Horse: A Novel by Michael Morpurgo. Prior to that she was Publishing & Merchandise Director at the National Gallery . @louise_rice

if:book UK & the New Media Writing Prize 

Together with Dr James Pope at Bournemouth University, if:book UK will be involved in managing the Prize, appointing the judging panel, seeking further sponsorship and promoting the Prize across international media, as well as providing a (paid) internship for the winner of the student prize.

if:book Director Chris Meade, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for if:book to contribute our resources,network and ideas to the only international Prize focused specifically on new media writing creativity. We are delighted to be working with Jim and Bournemouth University to support this terrific initiative.

Dr James Pope said: “There’s tremendous synergy between if:book UK’s aims and those of the Prize. My colleagues and I are looking forward to a productive partnership.”


For more information contact: 

Chris Meade 

07968 018115

Lisa Gee
07973 435040

Notes for editors

1. Diary

 The 2012 New Media Writing Prize is now open for submissions
The shortlist will be announced on 01/11/2012 at an event in London
The winners will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on 28/11/2012 at Bournemouth University.

2. History

 The New Media Writing Prize was introduced in 2010 by Sue Luminati and Dr James Pope as part of the Poole Literature Festival at a launch event chaired by Chris Meade
Dr Pope took over the running of it in 2011
In 2010 it attracted 60 entries to the main prize and 10 in the student category
in 2011 the numbers were 120 and 20 respectively

3. Previous winners

Main Prize

2010 Christine Wilks for Underbelly
2011 Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Voickaert for Loss of Grasp 

Student Prize

2010 Lorenza Samuels for Evidence
2011 Simon Kerr for  5Haitis

4. Previous judges


Dr James Pope

Tim Wright

Andy Campbell

Tracey McGerrigan


Dr James Pope

Sophie Rochester of the Literary Platform

Christine Wilks

Andy Campbell

b: About if:book

if:book uk is a small think and do tank exploring digital possibilities for literature. 
We are linked with an international fellowship of organisations exploring book futures, including the INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK in New York,  IF:BOOK AUSTRALIA in Brisbane, and IF:LIRE in Paris.


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