Call for Essays

ebr, the electronic book review, is now soliciting essays and reviews for 1997-98.

ebr is generally interested in promoting literary innovation on the Internet, and reviewing books that address the electronic future of fiction, poetry, criticism, and the visual arts. Featured topics include:

Completed issues:
ebr1 Books in the Age of Their Technological Obsolescence. Essays and reviews by Mark Amerika, Paul Harris, Marcos Novak, N. Katherine Hayles, Michael Joyce, and Joseph Tabbi. (issue closed)

ebr2 Selling Out (Winter 96). A forum on cultural criticism, featuring original essays by Michael Bérubé and Ron Sukenick, responses by Cary Wolfe, Jamie Daniel, Joe Amato, Robert Markley, Marjorie Perloff, Gregory Ulmer, and Curtis White, and Bérubé's response to the respondents. (issue closed).

ebr3 Writing Postfeminism (Fall '96). A hypertext forum featuring Anne Hamilton, Sharon Horvath, Kiki Smith, Eurydice, CAE, and others; Guest editor, Lisa Joyce ( Reader commentary invited for February 97

ebr4 Critical Ecologies (Winter 96-97). Essays that explore the politics of systems and environments, as well as the new "media ecology" that is emerging among the various technologies and communities that make up the Internet. co-editors: Cary Wolfe and Joseph Tabbi (

ebr5 (electro) poetics (Spring 97). Essays and hypertext criticism by Wendy Battin, John Cayley, Eduardo Kac, Harry Mathews, Alan Shaw, and Stephanie Strickland; Conversation with Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris. Guest edited by Joel Felix.

Features under way:
ebr6/7 ars electronica/ars historia. On the interaction of narrative and image in print and in electronic media. We are especially interested in works that perform the design ideas they articulate. Guest-editors, Steve Tomasula and Anne Burdick

ebr8 postmodern writing in Eastern Europe Guest editor Vladislava Gordic. Deadline for finished work: November 1997.

We want to avoid imposing a template on specific subject matter or method, so we offer the above categories only as points of departure and return. Far from being exhaustive, the specials set out to initiate threads that will be picked up in individual reviews and reader responses in subsequent issues. Send us your ideas, abstracts, or proposals and we'll let you know how they might fit. Please address correspondence about particular features to the issue editors; general inquiries should be directed to the ebr staff (

Who We Are

ebr is an electronic book review, an online forum allowing critical writers to present their work on the Internet. We are committed to reviewing (literally, seeing again) every aspect of book culture--fiction, poetry, criticism, and the arts--in the context of emerging media. At the same time, ebr is a review of electronic books, promoting translations and transformations from print to screen, and covering literary work that can only be read in electronic formats. To facilitate print/screen collaborations, and as a service to writers whose primary domain is print, ebr plans on sharing reviews with various print journals. We'd be interested in hearing from editors who would like to discuss arrangements for sharing reviews in the future.


For future issues, we are soliciting critical writing not only on, but in hypertext. We are interested especially in exploring narratives whose logic is as much visual as verbal, and we prefer thoughtful overviews, polemics, and review essays to evaluations of single works. Authors are encouraged to mark up their essays in html and, if possible, to put them up at their own web sites for us to download. Otherwise, you should send us hard copy and a disk (preferably formatted for IBM machines). If you use a Mac, please format the disk for pc use, and save an additional version as a text file.

Essays should follow the general format of the essays and reviews that have appeared in recent issues of ebr. While we have no proscriptions against specialized language or scholarly rigor, we request that endnotes be kept to a minimum (or that they should be worked unobtrusively into the design of the screen-page). Since we are not a peer review journal, we discourage reviews that simply verify an author's or the reviewer's credentials. We prefer not to assign novels to novelists, books of poetry to poets, or academic books to professor-critics. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged when attention is paid to the methods, values, and professional protocols of each of the fields under discussion. References to web sites or online books should be accompanied by the appropriate URLs.