Winners announced for 2014 Young Writers Innovation Prize

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Winners announced for 2014 Young Writers Innovation Prize

Express Media have unveiled the winners of their 2014 Young Writers Innovation Prize.

Funded by the Copyright Agency, the prize offered a rare opportunity for young writers and artists to bring their unique writing and publishing ideas to life. With entries ranging from short screenplays to online interactive narratives, the final decision was certainly a tough one to make, but Express Media are pleased to announce the top three prize recipients.

Betanarratives is the first prize winner and the lucky recipient of $5,000. Employing the use of Adobe HTML5, Betanarratives is an online journal that invites writers and creative artists to collaborate and create inventive and intriguing storytelling. Such works will not only motivate audiences to consume the narrative but to interact with it, changing and controlling the literature landscape as they create their own story within it.

Advicecomics is the second prize winner and recipient of $1,000. Through emails and anonymous ‘Ask boxes’ on Tumblr, Advicecomics offers a space for people to seek answers about anything from heartbreaks to low self-esteem. Artists who are represented by a custom cartoon character are then encouraged to offer honest advice through earnest and carefully thought-out hand drawn comics. The comic addresses the personal issues head on, enhancing interactivity and vitality between the artists and those in need of support.

For Jane is the third prize winner and recipient of $500. With a primary focus on narratives from African-Australian writers, this online publication provides a forum where writers can submit pieces examining themes of multiculturalism, race and individuality. The aim is to work with both African-Australian and non-African-Australian writers to develop a community where like-minded individuals provide fresh perspectives about Australia’s multicultural identity.

Express Media Creative Producer Lefa Singleton Norton says ‘The judges had a tough job this year selecting from an outstanding field of applications. We feel very strongly that our three winners represent some of the finest innovative works currently being done in the literature landscape, and are pleased to be able to offer them the support to deliver these amazing projects.’

The idea of the Young Writers Innovation Prize is to demonstrate innovation in the field of literature and/or publishing. It could include anything; from writing for zines, e-zines, comics, multimedia, websites, live performances, or spoken word.

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