Guidelines for creating Individual Work entries

Anyone with an account can submit entries to the Directory. In order to be included, entries should meet the following criteria:

  1. Entries must be about "electronic literature." Electronic Literature refers to works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer. Within the broad category of electronic literature are several forms and threads of practice, some of which are:
    • Hypertext fiction and poetry, on and off the Web
    • Kinetic poetry presented in Flash and using other platforms
    • Computer art installations which ask viewers to read them or otherwise have literary aspects
    • Conversational characters, also known as chatterbots
    • Interactive fiction
    • Novels that take the form of emails, SMS messages, or blogs
    • Poems and stories that are generated by computers, either interactively or based on parameters given at the beginning
    • Collaborative writing projects that allow readers to contribute to the text of a work
    • Literary performances online that develop new ways of writing
  2. Entries should not be written by the authors of the works that they describe.
  3. Entries should be well-developed, well-written, descriptive, and accurate.
  4. Entries should produced by an author who has produced at least three accomplished works.
  5. Entries should be written in English. Read more about this policy »

Entry writers should review the site, familiarize themselves with the field, and take the time to review the detailed handbook »