Announcing ELO Prizes for Best Literary and Critical Works

April 18, 2014 in ELO

The ELO is proud to announce the ”The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature” and “The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature.” Below is information including guidelines for submissions for each.

“The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature”

“The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature” is an award given for the best work of criticism, of any length, on the topic of electronic literature. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from N. Katherine Hayles and others, this $1000 annual prize aims to recognize excellence in the field. The prize comes with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level.

We invite critical works of any length. Submissions must follow these guidelines:

1. This is an open submission. Self nominations and nominations are both welcome. Membership in the Electronic Literature Organization is not required.
2. There is no cost involved in nominations. This is a free and open award aimed at rewarding excellence.
3. ELO Board Members serving their term of office on the Board are ineligible for nomination for the award. Members of the Jury are also not allowed to be nominated for the award.
4. Three finalists for the award will be selected by a jury of specialists in electronic literature; N. Katherine Hayles will choose the winner from among the finalists.
5. Because of the nature of online publishing, it is not possible to conduct a blind review of the submissions; the jury will be responsible for fair assessment of the work.
6. Those nominated may only have one work considered for the prize. In the event that several works are identified for a nominee, the nominee will choose the work that he or she wishes to be juried.
7. All works must have already been published or made available to the public within 18 months, no earlier than December 2012.
8. All print articles must be submitted in .pdf format. Books can be sent either in .pdf format or in print format. Online articles should be submitted as a link to an online site.
9. Nominations by self or others must include a 250-word explanation of the work’s impact in the field. The winner selected for the prize must also include a professional bio and a headshot or avatar.
10. All digital materials should be emailed to elo.hayles.award@gmail.com by May 15, 2014; three copies of the book should be mailed to Dr. Dene Grigar, Creative Media & Digital Culture, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686 by May 15, 2014. Those making the nomination or the nominees themselves are responsible for mailing materials for jurying. Print materials will be returned via a self-addressed mailer.
11. Nominees and the winner retain all rights to their works. If copyright allows, ELO will be given permission to share the work or portions of it on the award webpage. Journals and presses that have published the winning work will be acknowledged on the award webpage.
12. The winner is not expected to attend the ELO conference banquet. The award will be mailed to the winner.

Timeline
Call for Nominations: April 15-May 10
Jury Deliberations: May 15-June 10
Award Announcement: ELO Conference Banquet

For more information, contact Dr. Dene Grigar, President, Electronic Literature Organization.

“The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature”

“The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature” is an award given for the best work of electronic literature of any length or genre. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from supporters and members of the ELO, this $1000 annual prize aims to recognize creative excellence. The prize comes with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level.

We invite creative works of any length and genre. Submissions must follow these guidelines:

1. This is an open submission. Self nominations and nominations are both welcome. Membership in the Electronic Literature Organization is not required.
2. There is no cost involved in nominations. This is a free and open award aimed at rewarding excellence.
3. ELO Board Members serving their term of office on the Board are ineligible for nomination for the award. Members of the Jury are also not allowed to be nominated for the award.
4. Three finalists for the award will be selected by a jury of specialists in electronic literature; Robert Coover or a representative of his will choose the winner from among the finalists.
5. Because of the nature of online publishing, it is not possible to conduct a blind review of the submissions; the jury will be responsible for fair assessment of the work.
6. Those nominated may only have one work considered for the prize. In the event that several works are identified for a nominee, the nominee will choose the work that he or she wishes to be juried.
7. All works must have already been published or made available to the public within 18 months, no earlier than December 2012.
8. Works should be submitted either as a link to an online site or in the case of non-web work, available via Dropbox or sent as a CD/DVD or flash drive.
9. Nominations by self or others must include a 250-word explanation of the work’s impact in the field. The winner selected for the prize must also include a professional bio and a headshot or avatar.
10. Links to the digital materials or to Dropbox should be emailed to elo.coover.award@gmail.com by May 15, 2014; three copies of the CD/DVDs and flash drives should be mailed to Dr. Dene Grigar, Creative Media & Digital Culture, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686 by May 15, 2014. Those making the nomination or the nominees themselves are responsible for mailing materials for jurying. Physical materials will be returned via a self-addressed mailer.
11. Nominees and the winner retain all rights to their works. If copyright allows, ELO will be given permission to share the work or portions of it on the award webpage. Journals and presses that have published the winning work will be acknowledged on the award webpage.
12. The winner is not expected to attend the ELO conference banquet. The award will be mailed to the winner.

Timeline
Call for Nominations: April 19-May 10
Jury Deliberations: May 15-June 10
Award Announcement: ELO Conference Banquet

For more information, contact Dr. Dene Grigar, President, Electronic Literature Organization.

ELO Hold the Light Conference Registration

March 27, 2014 in Conference, ELO

Registration is now open for ELO’s 2014 international conference Hold the Light (June 19-21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Early registration continues until April 15. After that, prices increase by $25. There is also an early registration discount for the Workshop Pass, which offers full access to the pre-conference workshops.

The scholarly papers and artistic works have been selected by the international jury, so we can assure you this will be another remarkable event, full of cutting-edge works and the insightful discussions on the past, present, and future of electronic literature.

April is Electronic Poetry Month

February 20, 2014 in ELO

National Poetry Month logo and linkIn tandem with National Poetry Month this April, ELO is promoting a month-long celebration of electronic poetry.

You are invited to join in by hosting your own ePoetry event. Please let us know at e.poetryevent@gmail.com so we can add your event to the list. You can find more details and the growing calendar of events here: www.eliterature.org/nationalpoetrymonth

ELO Welcomes 3 New Board Members

January 28, 2014 in ELO, Press Release

ELO is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new members to its Board of Directors:  Philippe Bootz, Leonardo Flores, and Rui Torres.  These three scholar-artists bring a level of artistic and scholarly achievement and expertise that will help ELO grow and develop.  In addition to their deep knowledge of the field, they bring to the board literary expertise in three language spheres (Spanish, Portuguese, and French), so ELO can help build networks of scholars and artists in those literary cultures.

Bios for these three excellent new members follow:

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Call for 1st Time E-lit Artists (2/15/14)

January 21, 2014 in Calls, ELO

Kathi Inman Berens has posted a call for works for the Gallery of E-Literature First Encounters, an online gallery concurrent with the 2014 ELO Hold the Light Conference in Milwaukee.   This is a high-profile opportunity for newcomers to the world of electronic literature to have their work featured.  Deadline for submission Feb 15. The call follows the break:

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ELO MLA14 Off-site Reading 1.10.14 8pm

January 8, 2014 in ELO, Events

You are cordially invited to a powerhouse e-lit reading at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!

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MLA14 Off-site E-Lit Reading
Flaxman Library Special Collections Reading Room
37 S. Wabash Ave., 6th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, Jan. 10, 8pm
Coordinated by Mark C. Marino
Hosted by Mark C. Marino and Rob Wittig

 

Featuring:

Abraham Avnisan
Leo Flores
Chris Funkhouser
Dene Grigar
MD Coverley
Mark C Marino
Judd Morrissey
Scott Rettberg
Mark Sample
Stephanie Strickland
Zach Whalen
Roger Whitson
Rob Wittig

The reading room is located on the 6th floor. All attendees must present a valid ID (student, driver’s license, faculty, or other) to enter the building.

Pathfinders Exhibit at MLA14 Celebrates 25 Years of e-Lit

January 2, 2014 in ELO, Events, Press Release

Pathfinders Logo

This year’s MLA conference will feature an exhibit entitled “Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature” organized by ELO President Dene Grigar and board member Stuart Moulthrop on the past and present of electronic literature.  Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit continues the tradition of curated works featured at MLA, one Grigar has been actively pursuing for several years. Below is the full press release.

Pathfinders:  25 years of Experimental Literary Art continues the work of Pathfinders:  Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature is a hands-on exhibit, curated by Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop, taking place at the Modern Language Association 2014 convention in Chicago, IL, from January 9-11 in the Sheraton II, Ballroom, Level 4.

The exhibit generates from Grigar and Moulthrop’s research, “Pathfinders:  Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature,” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and features work of pioneering experimental literary artists of the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as highlights innovative contemporary artists experimenting today with computing technologies for literary production.

The first section of the exhibit, “Paths to Electronic Literature,”
 presents the early works of digital literature that comprise the current preservation efforts by Grigar and Moulthrop for the Pathfinders project.  These works will be made available at the exhibit on computers on which the works were originally experienced by readers at the time of their publication––an Apple IIe, Mac Classic, Mac LC575 and Mac 580, all from Grigar’s Electronic Literature Lab, the site where the Pathfinders research is taking place.  Also highlighted at this station will be raw documentation videos of the artists’ traversals produced for the Pathfinders project.

The second section of the exhibit, “Current Directions,”
features contemporary electronic literature artists who have produced narratives, poetry, drama, and essays via physical computing technologies, augmented reality, social media, mobile media and other innovative approaches.  Seven computer stations showcase the work of Samantha Gorman & Danny Cannizzo; Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, and Ian Hatcher; Andreas Muller; Christine Wilks and Andy Campbell; Jay Bushman and Mike Daisey; Jacob Garbe; Josh Tanenbaum and Karen Tanenbaum; Erik Loyer; and Jason Nelson.

For more information, contact Dene Grigar, dgrigar@mac.com.

CFP: Off-site e-Lit Reading at MLA 2014

December 21, 2013 in Calls, ELO, Events

E-lit Off-site Reading MLA 2014Off-site e-lit reading at MLA
Flaxman Library Special Collections Reading Room
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, Jan. 10, 8pm
Coordinated by Mark C. Marino 

Carrying on an MLA tradition, the Electronic Literature Organization is sponsoring an off-site reading of new works of digitally born literature.  Priority will be given to work of high literary value and unforgettable, earth-shattering presentations.  Artists new to electronic literature are especially encouraged to submit!

To participate, please send your proposals (200 words or less) and brief bio (150 words or less) for 10-minute presentations/performance.  Sorry, no remote presentations via Skype or other video conferencing software.

Deadline for proposals Dec 31, 2013
Response by Jan. 3rd
email submissions to: markcmarino at g mail

Flaxman Library is located on the 6th floor, 37 S. Wabash St., Chicago, IL, 60603

CFP ELO 2014 Hold the Light (12/15; 6/19-21/14) UPDATE

October 13, 2013 in Calls, ELO, Events

Update: New Deadline for Critical and Creative Submissions December 15, 2013

Also, see this new video call for Media Arts Show, including  a solicitation for the Virtual Gallery in Festival of e-Literature 1st Encounters (Feb 1, deadline).

Following on the heels of the 2013 Paris conference, here’s the call for 2014 in Milwaukee!

ELO 2014 Conference: Hold the Light
Milwaukee, WI (June 19-21, 2014)

The 2014 Electronic Literature Organization Conference will be held June 19-21, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with sessions on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In conjunction with the three-day conference, there will be a juried Media Arts Show, with exhibits at UWM.

For the Conference, proposals should address critical, reflective, or theoretical questions. Formats may include elements of demonstration or (brief) performance, in context of inquiry or analysis that goes beyond the work itself. Proposers are welcome to discuss their own work, under this requirement.

The Media Arts Show provides an occasion for extended display, performance, and presentation of original works. Please identify submissions for the Show as such.

We invite proposals of no more than 500 words, including a brief description of the content and format of the presentation, and contact information for the presenter(s). Describe any technical needs beyond standard screen projection and audio. Send proposals to eliterature2014 [at] gmail.com, using plain text format in the email, or attached as Word or PDF.

Proposals for the Conference will be reviewed by a Program Committee convened by the Conference Co-Chairs. Proposals for the Media Art Show will be reviewed by a jury chosen by the Media Arts Curator.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Proposals are requested by Friday, December 6, 2013

Program Committee Chairs

  • Marjorie Luesebrink, Independent Artist (Co-Chair)
  • Sandy Baldwin, West Virginia University (Co-Chair)
  • Kathi Inman Berens, University of Southern California (Media Arts Curator)

ELO 2013 “Chercher le texte” Commences in Paris

September 23, 2013 in ELO, Events

Logo for ELO2013 ConferenceELO is proud to announce the launch of the 2013 conference “Chercher le texte” in Paris, 24-27 September, 2013.   This marks the first international conference ELO has held, but the 5th conference since State of the Arts in 2002. The Paris conference features works from over 100 artists from 14 countries as well as a complete scholarly program of academic presentations.  Events begin Sept 23 with a meeting of the CELL (Consortium on Electronic Literature) group, a debate and performances at Centre Pompidou.

With Paris as its backdrop, the wide variety of events will be held at historic cites in the coeur of Western Europe’s artistic body, including BPI – Centre Pompidou, Labo BnF | François-Mitterrand, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), and Le Cube – Centre de création numérique.

Conference partners include ELO, Le MIM, La Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), La Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI), Le Cube – Centre de création, L’Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, DDDL (réseau européen de littérature – Digital Digital Digital Littérature), Le Laboratoire d’excellence des arts et médiations humaines (Labex Arts-H2H), Coalition Cyborg with thanks to MOTS-VOIR and the Swedish Arts Council.

The conference will also mark the change in leadership from outgoing President Nick Montfort to newly elected Dene Grigar, who will preside over the ELO Board of Directors meeting on Saturday.

Performances begin Monday September 23, 2013 at the Centre Pompidou at 7pm. You can find the entire program here. You can see descriptions of works that will be presented in the Performance Gallery.

In addition to the Performance Gallery, there are three primary exhibitions of works:

3 Exhibitions

  • “The digital literature from yesterday to tomorrow” Exhibition
    Location : Labo BNF | BNF François Mitterand
    Dates : September 24 to December 1, 2013
  • “Virtual Gallery” to be launched Sept 24, 2013.

Not in Paris?  Follow the happenings on the Chercher le texte Website site, ELO Conference Website, the Facebook Page,  and on Twitter @chercherletexte

Also, see Judy Malloy’s detailed and thoughtful overview of the conference on Narrabase.

Contact:
Nolwenn Tréhondart
presse@chercherletexte.org

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