Anyone with an account can submit entries to the Directory. In order to be included, entries should meet the following criteria:
- 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
- Entries should not be written by the authors of the works that they describe.
- Entries should be well-developed, well-written, descriptive, and accurate.
- 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 »