New Media Writing Prize

Date 19.01.17
Prize winners announced for the New Media Writing Prize awards ceremony at Bournemouth University
Writers from across the world, including those from BU, were among prize winners whose work was celebrated at the New Media Writing Prize at Bournemouth University.
The event, now in its seventh year, saw entries across a variety of different styles and narratives including non-fiction, novels and transmedia pieces. The event was also televised live by BU Television Production students.
Judges assessed interactive stories that could be viewed over PC, tablet or phone, using words, images, film or animation. Five key areas formed the judging criteria: innovative use of new media, accessibility, effective use of interactive elements, examples of things that new media can do that traditional cannot, and the potential to reach a wider audience.
The first of five prizes, £1,000, donated by if:book UK Director, transmedia writer Chris Meade, saw JR Carpenter invited to the stage to collect the award for The Gathering Cloud, a hybrid print and web-based work converging on the work of 19th century manufacturing chemist, Luke Howard, who first penned the names for cloud formations in 1803.
Canadian artist and writer, JR Carpenter, also gave a talk on the history of her work, “Things rarely turn out the way I intend them to”, which looked at how the progression of the internet from her first work on Netscape 1.1 in 1995 had shaped her work and enabled her to realise new creative ideas.
An audience Q&A session saw questions asked by the audience on the transitions of her work between physical text and traditional media to digital stories, hybrid texts, and convergent media, as well as some advice for those looking to start or innovate their own new media texts.
Peter Phillips, CEO of Unicorn Training awarded the Student Prize, a three month paid internship, to Jamie Paddock, whose work The Dying Mind explores themes of loneliness and mental illness within a first person exploratory narrative.
Jamie, a final-year BA Communications & Media student at BU, said: ““Like any other student, the time after finishing university is an uncertain one so it’s a huge relief to be able to take up this fantastic opportunity with a three month paid internship at E-Learning company Unicorn Training in the summer.”
Other awards included the Dot Award, also sponsored by if:book, which was awarded to Theodoros Chiotis, for his idea for a multimedia autographical performance, and two awards sponsored by Gorkana, the top UK media database and agency: the Gorkana Award for UK Digital Journalism, won by Carla Pedret for The Exodus Data Project, and the Gorkana Award for International Digital Journalism, won by Berta Tilmantaite and her team for Will to Win, a mixed-media piece about the Lithuanian Paralympic Team.
In summing up this year’s awards, host and organiser, BU’s Dr Jim Pope said: “2016 has seen yet another brilliant set of shortlisted pieces and worthy winners. We have had entries from all around the world, and the winners come from Canada, Spain, the UK, Lithuania, and Greece - so truly an international event.  With £5,500 in prize money this year, the event is clearly expanding in reach and status and we look forward to the 2017 round”.

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