The 2020 FoST Prize

Win $10,000 and a chance to exhibit at FoST Summit

The 2020 FoST Prize is now open and seeking submissions!
The FoST Prize aims to cultivate the talents of those pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a storyteller in the digital age, and to help shape the future of entertainment, technology, art, and communication.

We are seeking the most innovative narrative-driven projects from around the world, including––but not limited to––virtual, mixed, and augmented reality; web-based, audio, and data-driven works; mobile apps; narrative games; multimedia installations; and multi-platform projects. 

In accordance with this year’s theme of “Better Stories for a Better Future,” we are particularly interested in stories that have an impact, whether by keeping the populace informed, inspiring action, or putting forth a vision of a better future. That said, any and all works of innovative storytelling are eligible for consideration.

Winners will receive $10,000 and all finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their work at this year's Summit, taking place June 3 & 4 in New York City.

To apply, click here.
This year, FoST is awarded prizes in two categories:
  • Innovation in Storytelling

    Innovation in Storytelling Category showcases best-in-class storytelling projects across a range of genres and platforms. In partnership with Microsoft, we are looking for well told, powerful stories that use technology in innovative ways.

    Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Quality of user experience
    • Ability to communicate a story
    • Immersive and participatory elements
    • Emotional resonance
    • Design execution

  • Bridging the Divide

    Established to address rising polarization in our society, the Bridging the Divide category highlights artists and storytellers who are creating new ways to cultivate a culture of empathy and compassion through innovative storytelling.

    Motivated by our shared belief in the power of storytelling to celebrate our inherent human dignity, we are partnering with the Charles Koch Foundation to support the development and wide dissemination of creative tools and models that inspire mutual understanding, peaceful pluralism, and open hearts.

    Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria, assessing to what extent they:
    • Promote and facilitate empathy
    • Enable and encourage civil discourse
    • Cultivate appreciation for the “other”
    • Amplify the voices of champions of free expression

    To share the message of the Bridging the Divide category, it is our intention that the winning experience will be donated to a non-profit organization of the creators choice, where it will then be exhibited to a broader audience.