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From a call from Nesta

Do you have a big idea to re-engage 11-16 year olds with the act of reading for pleasure?  If so, your concept for cutting edge short-form storytelling could win a £15000 prize to develop the idea.
 
Think beyond the word document and use all the tools you have at your disposal to tell stories in new and exciting ways. Work that can be experienced in a conclusive form within 10 minutes, consumable via a platform that is readily available, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer. Works that linear written documents in Word or equivalent are excluded.
 
Nesta is a UK innovation foundation. They turn bold ideas, that change lives for the better, into reality. They want to unearth the future of cutting edge short-form storytelling and have issued a call for proposals from  writers based in the UK to imagine how short-form storytelling could help re-engage young people at secondary school, aged 11-16, with the act of reading for pleasure.
 
This is a call for bold, creative ideas that explore new ways to tell a story and push the boundary of how we consume literature.
 
You need to be 18 or over and need to submit two examples of existing work, and a short story which will form the basis of your project alongside a proposal to explain the idea behind the work you would like to create and how you will do this. This submission must be done by 13th January 2020. Nesta are looking for proposals for great ideas that push short-form story beyond the norm. They are not looking for high-end technology projects that use specialised equipment or short films or documentaries.
 
Applications will be selected based on the quality of writing and ability to engage and inspire young people as well as innovation in form, interface and interactivity. From all the submissions, there will be 10 projects in the initial longlist who will each receive a £1,000 R&D bursary to develop their ideas into final works over a development phase. There will then be a shortlisting process from these final works to select three final projects. From that shortlist, one winner will be chosen and awarded £15,000. All prizes or bursaries will be awarded to the lead of the project/submission and will be subject to signing an agreement with Nesta.
 
The winner will be announced in June 2020.
 
See more here.


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Geoff Knott, 24/11/2019

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