Mez Breeze’s V[R]ignettes has claimed world’s richest digital literacy prize.
Earlier this week, the Queensland Literary Awards announced V[R]ignettes as the winner of this year’s 2019 QUT Digital Literature Award. Judges praised the series of Virtual Reality crafted microstories as “Enigmatic, impassioned, and humorous”.
The QUT Digital Literature Award was introduced in 2017, established by the State Library of Queensland to acknowledge contemporary publishing and digital innovation in storytelling. The award reflects Queensland’s continued growth in the digital space and carries with it a $15,000 cash prize – making this the world’s richest digital literacy prize.
Speaking to InGames, Breeze said, “I’m beyond-thrilled to have won such a prestigious Award with a work that’s not only largely experimental in terms of concept[s], but is also one that takes risks with WebVR and XR tech.”
“I seriously can’t thank enough those who have been incredibly supportive of my practice over the years – it’s this very support that has allowed me to take the time to actually create works like “V[R]ignettes” that are [as I said in my acceptance speech]: ‘…very unconventional and…not standard’.”
V[R]ignettes received an Honorable Mention for the Dot Award at the 2018 NMW Prize and was Showcased at the 2019 New Wave Festival in Toronto.
You can read Mez’s full blog post about the win here and learn more about V[R]ignettes here. Additionally, you can find the full list of Finalists and Winners for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards here.