Three £5,000 commissions for digital writers

Are you a writer who wants to experiment with telling stories via a smartphone? If so, the Paper Nations ‘Writing for All’ programme at Bath Spa University wants to hear from you!

Their ‘Beyond the Book’ commission will award three writers up to £5,000, to create a piece of digital writing. The commission challenges writers to develop innovative models for writing and publication. Applications can be from solo writers or partnerships of writers and technologists, and should be inventive; using functions such as GPS and camera phones. Stories must be mostly text-based, but should be innovative and experimental.

Writers who live in – or have links to – South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire can apply, as long as you are over 16. The Paper Nations team will help the successful applicants to work with technologists to develop their writing for media such as phones, games and immersive technology. They want to subvert the mainstream, publishing a wider range of voices and new ways of writing.

The selection panel is made up of Maja Thomas (Hachette Publishing’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Innovation Program), Louisa Adjoa Parker (Writer and Immersion Fellow in the South West Creative Technology Network), Steve Hollyman (Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University) and Andy Wood (Creative Technologist at Kaleider, Exeter). Author Professor Kate Pullinger will chair the panel.

The closing date is Sunday 1 September 2019, so head straight to the website to find out more and apply –

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