We are looking for pieces that use digital and electronic mediums as a vessel for creativity, including but not limited to source code poetry, hypertext poetry, interactive fiction, ASCII art, and generative art. We welcome pieces that step out of the box and don’t fit into one particular category. To get a feel of what we seek, please take a look at previous issues.
We encourage anyone to submit—amateurs, professionals, artists who don’t code, coders who don’t make art. Please don’t self reject!
Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, and re-prints of previously published work are accepted. Please let us know if your work has been submitted or published elsewhere in your submission form and contact us ASAP if your work is picked up somewhere else. We would be more than willing to publish your work if we have permission to do so.
Authors retain all rights to their work after publication. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time.
Note: The name of our magazine is “Backslash Lit”, not “Backs\ash Lit” or “BACKS\ASH LIT” as we often see stylized. That being said, we won’t hold it against you if you make a mistake :)
In your submission, please include:
Your piece! We anticipate a diverse range of submission formats. Send us text files, websites, word documents, source code files, GitHub repositories, videos (max. 5 minutes), whatever fits your project. We’ve done our best to allow for as many submission formats as possible on the submission form, but Google Forms has its limits. If the form cannot accommodate your work, please email us your submission at backslashlitmag[at]gmail[dot]com.
Note on submitting runnable projects: please make sure the program is runnable by all of our editors! The best way to do that is to send your work as a repl.it repository so that we can easily run the code in our browser and, should the piece be accepted, embed it on the site.
A description of your progress: We want to make sure the pieces we showcase are authentically created using digital means. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if an art piece is computer-generated or manually created, so drop us a note about the programming languages, tools, algorithms, and/or sources you used.
If your generative piece is derived from the art of another creator, you MUST cite the original source, regardless of how similar or different your piece is from the original. We do not tolerate plagiarism at Backslash and will not hesitate to remove any work that infringes on another artist’s intellectual property.
A biographical statement 2-5 sentences long and written in the third person. Feel free to include social media links!
An optional artist’s note if there’s anything you’d like viewers of your piece to know (process, meaning, background, and so on).
We do not tolerate submissions promoting racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, ableism, xenophobia, or otherwise hateful content.
What is [code poetry / new media art / hypertext fiction / etc.]? No worries if you aren’t familiar with the mediums we publish! Just head on to our Q&A to familiarize yourself with a few common mediums or to answer any other questions you may have. The mediums we’ve included are by no means an extensive list of mediums we accept, but we hope they provide you with some inspiration if you’re looking for an idea for your submission.