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[CALL] Triple Canopy call for proposals due Feb. 11

(December 11, 2012) Triple Canopy has for the past five years worked to present compelling work online in ways that make innovative use of the Web. In this time, we’ve also been charting an expanded field of publication: creating print objects and public programs that exist in dialogue with our online content, drawing on the history of print culture while also acting as a hub for exploration of emerging forms of technology and the public spaces constituted around them.
For our fourth annual call for proposals we wish to intensify our work in a variety of offline forms of print publication and public programming. We are interested in forging connections between books, manuscripts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, among other forms, and our online publishing practice. We believe that a publishing model that engages both real-world and Web-based audiences can prompt artists and writers to develop work that is deeply considered and formally inventive.

For our 2013 call, we invite artists and writers to submit proposals for projects that may not find their primary realization on the Web, but which may ultimately be published in some form in Triple Canopy’s online magazine. The following list, by no means exhaustive, enumerates some of the initial forms such projects might take:

  • Print broadsheet or pamphlet
  • Print poster
  • Book or e-book
  • Public lecture or seminar
  • Performance
  • Reading
  • Screening
  • Exhibition or installation

Triple Canopy is looking for artists and writers with coherent proposals for projects that can be realized in one year or less. We are, as ever, in search of work that makes innovative, persuasive use of its own form and medium. While past publication or experience is not a prerequisite, successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the field in which they wish to publish. Triple Canopy prioritizes work by emerging artists and writers working in the fields of visual art and literature, broadly defined; we appreciate work that takes into account current discussions and debates but is not bound by them, work that is carefully crafted but not fixated on form.

Commission recipients receive:

  • Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support
  • $300 honorarium
  • Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy
  • Opportunity to use Triple Canopy’s space at 155 Freeman for a performance or other public event
  • Coordination and production of any print publication or live event
  • Archiving of materials and long-term maintenance of any online version of the project by technical staff
Application guidelines
Required materials for initial application

Please fill out our online form to complete your initial application. You will be asked to provide the following items:

  • A clear and concise proposal of 300 words or less explaining the project to be undertaken.
  • Links to one or two examples of past Triple Canopy magazine projects that relate to or model your own proposed project in some significant way.
  • A single link to past work, such as a portfolio website or blog, published article, essay, story, or poem. Multi-author projects (e.g., by a collective) should include just one link.
  • CV or résumé (DOC or PDF format).

Initial applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 11, 2013. You will be notified by March 1, should your proposal reach the second round of review. Applicants who reach the second round of review will receive an email asking them to submit a detailed project proposal, along with several samples of past work, and invited to discuss their plans in greater detail with Triple Canopy editors. Commission recipients will be announced on April 2. Projects will be developed in collaboration with Triple Canopy editors for publication between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

All proposals must comply with the following restrictions:

  • Only individuals or collectives may apply. We cannot accept submissions from other organizations or established platforms, such as film festivals or lecture series.
  • Proposals for the creation of independent websites will not be accepted.
  • Past contributors to Triple Canopy are not eligible for our annual call for proposals.
  • Please do not submit more than one application.

Please direct any questions to No materials beyond those listed above will be reviewed.