The Open Author and The New Media Prize

I have two different publishing related websites I want to highlight today.

1. If you care about the future of publishing, this is a blog you need to follow. Marion Jensen is a published author (a.k.a. Matthew Buckley, “Chickens in the Headlights” / “Bullies in the Headlights”) who also spent several years as the director of Utah State University’s OpenCourseWare project. He knows what he is talking about in relation to open source, open content, and open models. Marion’s experience in these areas makes for some incredibly enlightening blog reads which cover publishing trends, e-books and readers, marketing, using social networks, and much more. Go visit The Open Author today. You’ll be glad you did.

2. There is a very interesting writing contest ramping up that I thought you should know about. Sponsored by the Poole Literary Festival which will occur this fall (October 29-31, Poole, U.K.), the New Media Prize will honor storytelling that is designed explicitly for delivery/reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, on the web, or via mobile phone. In other words, they are looking for stories that are told through text, images, sound, video, websites, animation, interactivity, etc., that are purely electronic. Nothing printed! I expect that the winner of this prize will probably deliver some interactive multi-media book or story that can be viewed by multiple methods (e-book reader, laptop, cell phone).

The judging criteria for the New Media Prize according to their website:

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

If you would like to get more information, go to the Poole Literary website, or to the New Media Prize blog.

Let me know what you think about the contest. With the popularity of mobile media gadgets (e-book readers like iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and also laptops and powerful cell phones), do you think this contest is exciting? Why or why not?

Do you think that publishing is going to be primarily electronic in the future?



The Open Author and The New Media Prize — 3 Comments

  1. Daron, many thanks for posting about the New Media Writing Prize. Entries are flowing in from around the globe – as far afield from the UK as Canada and Australia – and our new blog specifically for the Prize has now gone live. Take a look at

    Here the judges will be posting their thoughts about new media writing in general. Andy Campbell has got things going giving an idea of the sort of work he would like to see.

  2. I think e readers are here to stay. I don’t think they’ll replace books, and it will be a while before we see how the publishing industry balances out, but I think it will do just that – balance out.
    Have a great day!

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