the press release:

The inaugural Poole Literary Festival, in partnership with The Media School at Bournemouth University, has launched the UK’s first prize for New Media Writing. Entrants are asked to compose an interactive narrative or poem, designed specifically for delivery online or via mobile phone. The creators of the winning entries will win £250, a brand new Apple iPad, and be advised by digital publishing specialist Creative Content, on getting their winning ideas published.

The only remit is that entries should illustrate the things ‘new’ media can do that ‘old’ media can’t. There are few other restrictions and the competition is open to anyone. The idea is to tell a story with an element of interactivity on the part of the audience. This story can be any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, prose or documentary.

This is a fantastic opportunity to embrace the potential of new media to engage a new generation of storytellers. It’s also a great chance for innovative and original work to be recognised at this unique event, and is set to attract international attention. 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.”


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