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‘Orange Sweatshirt’ wins international competition for Falmouth university student

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

David-Devanny

Peter Phillips, CEO of Unicorn Trading, with PhD student David Devanny. Image courtesy of Bournemouth University

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A CREATIVE writing student has won an international storytelling competition by creating a poetry web site called Orange Sweatshirt.

PhD student David Devanny, from Falmouth University, won the Student New Media Writing prize 2013, which .

Run by Bournemouth University, the competition showcases innovative storytelling in new media forms.

Attracting entries from across the globe, Mr Devanny wowed judges from world leaders in companies which blend technology with publishing.

Mr Devanny, who won the student category for his interactive poetry site Orange Sweatshirt, was delighted with the announcement.

“It's amazing – the entire experience has been invaluable and I'm very grateful to receive the prize,” he said.

“It's great to be a part of a platform promoting writing for new media – it's important to recognise the growing genre.”

Orange Sweatshirt offers readers the chance to alter his original work by changing words, tone and format.

He added: “I like the idea of giving over control to the reader as much as possible, so I try to make a point of doing that in my work.”

Now in its fourth year, the New Media Writing Awards attracts international submissions.

The 2013 judging panel included Dan Franklin, digital publisher at Random House; Chris Meade, the founder of if:Book UK – the online blog for the Institute for the Future of the Book; and Joanna Ellis, associate director of The Literary Platform.

Mr Meade said: “What I love about this competition, and this year more than ever, is it's about a new kind of writer.

“They are creating things for different platforms and not just writing for a book.”

As part of the award, Mr Devanny will receive a three-month paid internship with digital education publisher Unicorn Trading.

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