Second Call for Submissions to the ELMCIP Anthology of Electronic Literature

Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP), a collaborative research project funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation, has extended the deadline for submissions of electronic literature from European writers and practitioners for its upcoming anthology. We are looking for innovative literary works by European authors that take advantage of digital media and computation.

Submissions for the second call will close November 7, 2011.

ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner investigating how transnational and transcultural creative communities of practitioners form within global and distributed communication environments. Focusing on the electronic-literature community in Europe as a model of networked creativity and innovation in practice, ELMCIP intends both to study the formation and interactions of that community and to further electronic literature research and practice in Europe.

The anthology will provide a sample of Europe’s diverse electronic-literature practices. It will include around thirty works along with teaching materials from educators interested in electronic-literary practices. The anthology will be published online and on a cross-platform DVD.

All content will be offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivs 3.0 License allowing the disc to be installed, duplicated, and shared by individuals, libraries, and educational institutions. The intent is to provide educators, students and the general public with a free curricular resource containing a variety of examples of electronic literary works.

Works will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • European diversity: to represent a broad cross-section of authors and artists from different European cultures.
  • Formal diversity: to represent a broad sampling of approaches to electronic literature demonstrating the influence of multiple modes of practice and different types of interdisciplinary art practice.
  • Pedagogical relevance: the committee will attempt to select a range of works appropriate for teaching in secondary and university classroom settings

Submission Guidelines:

  • Authors may submit two works.
  • Works may be in any European language.
  • At least one author should have been a resident of a European country at the time the work was created.
  • Previously published works will be accepted for submission.

How to submit your work

Submissions in response to this second call must be delivered as follows:

  1. Prepare a plain text file with the following information:
  • The title of the work, in English and in the original language.
  • The names and email addresses of all authors and contributors of the work. Please indicate the primary contact.
  • A URL where a Zip archive of the work can be downloaded (even if the work is available online).
  • Include a text file containing the items above. (Name the text file [lastname]-submission.txt).
  • A short description of the work, between 125-250 words, in English and the original language.
  • Language(s) in which the work is produced.
  • Any special technical requirements for the work (plug-ins, specific browser, etc.)
  • If the work has been previously published or distributed please indicate the date, publisher, and location or format.
  • Prepare a .zip archive including the work in its entirety. Include the text file from step (1) at the top level of this archive, and name it “submisson.txt”. If the work is available online, include the submission.txt file as an attachment to the email.
  • Upload the .zip file to a web server so that it is available at the specified location.
  • Place all of the text in the “submisson.txt” file in the body of an email and send it to with ELMCIP ANTHOLOGY and the name of the piece being submitted included in the subject line.
  • The work should function in current Mac and Windows operating systems. Users should not be required to purchase additional software for the work to function, but may require software that is available for free and/or is typically pre-installed on contemporary computers, such as browsers and plug-ins

    Submissions will be entered  into the ELMCIP Knowledge Base:

    The anthology is scheduled for publication in December 2012.

    If your work is selected it will be published and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.

    During the fall of 2011, an additional call for pedagogical materials will be distributed, partially based on the works chosen for the anthology.

    Selection Committee:

    • Simon Biggs, Edinburgh College of Art
    • Yra Van Dijk, University of Amsterdam
    • Maria Engberg, Blekinge Institute of Technology
    • Jerome Fletcher, University College Falmouth
    • Raine Koskimaa, University of Jyväskylä
    • Talan Memmott, Blekinge Institute of Technology
    • Scott Rettberg, University of Bergen
    • Jill Walker Rettberg, University of Bergen


    • Talan Memmott, Blekinge Institute of Technology
    • Maria Engberg, Blekinge Institute of Technology
    • David Prater, Blekinge Institute of Technology