Alternarratives is a new £15,000 prize for UK writers to explore innovation in short-form storytelling.
Nesta is looking for bold ideas in the future of cutting-edge storytelling, encouraging writers to think beyond the word document and use all the tools we have at our disposal to tell stories in new and exciting ways. In its pilot year, the prize will encourage storytellers to imagine how short-form fiction could help re-engage young people (aged 11-16) with the act of reading for pleasure. The opportunity is open to all writers and entries from non-YA writers are strongly encouraged.
– 10 writers a £1,000 R&D bursary towards the realisation and development of a new or existing idea into a final work
– ideation workshops including innovation of form, future methods of storytelling and co-curation of best practice
– young people focus groups to discuss ideas, needs and motivations
– £15,000 prize for one writer
Entries are open until 9am on 13 January 2020.