See the Selected works for The Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature and find your personal winner

The shortlist and Scandinavian Selection for the  “The Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature” 2019 has been selected after carefull scrutiny by the jury. 55 works of literature were submitted for the contest and due to the high quality of works in the pool, it was difficult to select the shortlist. This is why the jury has has choosen to include an honorable mention to a group of works that were runner-ups to the shortlist.

Danish libraries will from autumn 2019 to spring 2021 work with multi literacy in high schools and public schools and present to the general public works of electronic literature. The selection of works from the Prize for Electronic Literature will form the core of this dissemination effort.

The winner will be announced fourth of April at a public event at Dokk1, Aarhus Denmark and online at


Mez Breeze: Perpetual Nomads,
Virtual Reality

Winnie Soon: Vocable Code
Web based

Will Luers: Tales of Automation,
Web based

Alan Bigelow: The Forever Club,
Web based

Amira Hanafi: A dictionary of the revolution,
Web based

Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Volckaert: Loss of Grasp
Web based/App

Jason Nelson: Acesulfame K,
Web based

Nordic selection

Simon Theis Hansen: MÅNENS FASER   ( Phases of the Moon),
Android app

Thomas Seest, Christina Hagen, Per Aage Brandt, Kasper Hesselbjerg, Peter Højrup et. al.:  Taler til et sted (Talking to a Place),
Web based/VR360 Video

Andreas Refsgaard : Poems About Things,
Smartphone/web based

Honorable mentions

Helen Burgess and Margaret Simon: Intimate Fields,

Mark C. Marino, John Murray, Joellyn Rock, Ken Joseph: Salt Immortal Sea,
Web based

J.R. Carpenter: This is a Picture of Wind,
Web based

Mikkel Loose Thybo & Andreas Refsgaard: BooksBy.AI,
Web based/Machine Learning

Jacob Riising:  SMS fra Karmaboy – Det store pølsemysterium (The Great Sausage Mystery),
SMS story

How to work with electronic literature? Read here!

In this publication we share all our best practices from the Turn on Literature project. Learn about eletronic literature and how to work with it.

Click to get the Turn on Literature Best Practice Pdf-Booklet

Digital literature is an emerging field where authors combine language with the affordances of digital devices (such as computers, tablets, sensors, RFID chips, smart phones etc.) to create contemporary literature. This partnership would like to pave the way for the cultural sector to reach new generations of readers and present new ways of staying relevant. In this publication we present all the experiences we have collected, our best practice tips, recommendations and lots of digital literature. We hope to inspire you to get started with digital literature in your organization.
~ The Turn on Literature partnership, Ramnicu Valcea, Roskilde, Bergen, 2018

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.


What is TOL?

How can libraries best introduce new digital literature to the public? The objective of “Turn on Literature” is to find solutions to this question. The partners will approach the field of digital literature through the work with literary installations, exhibitions and workshops in Romania, Denmark and Norway. The partnership will seize the opportunities that digital literature offers for audience development and will reposition the library to suit users’ needs in an increasingly digitised world. Target groups will be young adults and traditional book readers at the libraries.

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