The Winner of the Turn on Literature Prize is…

The winner is:

Abra by Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, and Ian Hatcher

Some words form the jury about our choice:

Abra is a magical poetry instrument/spellbook for iOS, where readers encounter a series of poems exploring themes of mutation and excess. The poems themselves are constantly in motion, mutating gradually from one to the next. Readers can take part in this process, touching words and watching them shift and undulate, casting spells to set the text in motion, and grafting new words into the text.
Abra merges physical and digital media, integrating a hand-made artists’ book with an iPad app that can be read separately or together, with the iPad inserted into the back of the book. The artist’s book contains a number of physical features that emulate the mutation and interactivity of the app, including blind-printed text, heat-sensitive ink, and laser-cut openings that invite the reader to see page and screen as a continuous touchscreen interface.

 

ABRA is beautiful and exiting with a lot of consideration and design of both the physical book and the app.   It starts with good writing, and it is very smart about the connection between interactivity and poetic constraint. It is multilayered and playful, and a excellent representation of contemporary electronic literature. The combination of physical book and app is appealing and will make good sense in a library exhibition.

 

The Shortlist for The Turn on Literature Prize and Honorable Mentions

The shortlist

How to rob a bank by Alan Bigelow

All the Delicate Duplicates by Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell

Bafflement Fires by Jason Nelson

Gathering Cloud by J.R. Carpenter

Abra by Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, and Ian Hatcher

News Wheel by Jody Zellen

Novelling by Will Luers, Hazel Smith and Roger Dean

 
Honorable mentions
DO IT by Serge Bouchardon

The Poetry Map by Matt Bryden (concept and poems) with Jon Munson II (programmer)

The Chessbard by Aaron Tucker and Jody Miller

Detectiveland by Robin Johnson

Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads (Part 1) – Sand + Smudges by Mez Breeze , Ian Harper, Andy Campbell, Kate Pullinger, Chris Joseph, Walter Brecely, Esteban Camacho Steffensen, Ron Poitras, John Patten

These Subconscious Drives by Jason Nelson

Collocations by Abraham Avnisan

Jellybone by Kate Pullinger

Autopia by Nick Montfort

 

The Winner of the Turn on Literature prize will be announced shortly.

The Turn on Literature Prize – Call for works of electronic literature

Send in now your works of electronic literature to win the Turn on Literature Prize and exhibit at European libraries.

Is society’s digital turn reflected in the way we read and write literature? Will literature be “turned on” by digital media? How do media change culture? How does culture change and inform the digital field? From Autumn 2017 to Spring 2017, Electronic literature exhibitions at libraries in Denmark, Norway and Romania will address these questions. Continue reading The Turn on Literature Prize – Call for works of electronic literature

Poetry Machine writer: Ursula Andkjaer Olsen

Ursula Andkjaer Olsen is a well-known Danish poet and playwright. She was born in 1970 and was from an early age interested in music. While studying musicology and philosophy at the university, she wrote reviews of classical music for one of Denmark’s largest newspapers.  However, in the middle of her twenties she turned to poetry and has since then published ten collections of poetry. Continue reading Poetry Machine writer: Ursula Andkjaer Olsen