is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art, which has been published twice yearly by Bad Quarto.
The upcoming #4 will be the only issue for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.
Each issue is edited by a collective. Editing and production is done
in coordination with The Trope Tank at MIT, a laboratory directed by Bad Quarto proprietor and publisher Nick Montfort. Taper is not
officially assocated with MIT or hosted on an MIT server, however.
The work in this third issue is written in HTML5, using ES6. It has
been tested across platforms on current-generation browsers, but all of
the pieces included may not work, for instance, on earlier browsers such
as Internet Explorer.
Submissions for Issue #4
Our next issue will be an extended issue.
All are welcome to submit for possible publication in future issues, but please see the information about our reading periods and the specific calls for each issue. We plan for the information about each N+1th issue to be available included with the release of the Nth issue.
Taper #4: A New Trope will be the next issue, showcasing computational pieces exploring the concept of metaphors, archetypes, perspectives, and paradigm shifts. Taper melds the literary traditions of the Oulipo with the restrictions of computing systems to provide a fertile ground for creativity. Our vision is to showcase short web-based programs at the crossroads of computation, literature, text, and art. These programs embody artistic and poetic elements, and may take the form of interactive software, concrete poems, visual media, digital poetry, etc. We believe constraints provide a fruitful basis for creativity, and that short, free-open-source programs invite tinkering and exploration in ways that longer code bases do not.
- Place submissions in our template (seen in each of the pieces in Taper #1–3, link here).
- All added code (in the form of ES6, CSS, and HTML) must be implemented after the template’s closing header tag and must be valid HTML5; everything after the header tag must fit within 2KB (2048 bytes).
- Please use the W3C validator to validate your code.
- Submissions should not use any external libraries or APIs, nor link to any external resources, including fonts. This is so that pages will be self-contained following Taper’s vision.
- Internal resources (attached pictures and audio) may be used as part of the poem, but will count towards the 2KB poem limit.
- Please refer to this About page for license terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by submitting to Taper #4, you agree that, if we accept your work, we may release it, copyright by you, under this same short all-permissive license.
Submissions will be accepted from Nov 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST until Jan 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. The editorial collective will review works and reach out to authors during the month of February. Taper #4 will be published mid April.
We invite submissions from those interested in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply attach your work in one zip file containing your HTML pages (up to five poems per author will be considered). This email address will not be active until the reading period begins.
This page and the main page of Taper #3
are offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
license so you can copy and share these two pages, and the whole issue,
without modifications. (These pages are mainly informational; we do not
want you to edit the author's biographies, modify the open call for Taper
, or change the way our authors and editors spell their names, for instance.)
is offered individually under a
all-permissive free software license
that appears in a comment at the
top of each poem's source code. That means you can use any or all of the
poems however you like. You are free to study, modify, and share these
poems, use them as the basis for projects of your own, and share your
modified versions, among other things.