is an online literary journal for computational poetry and
literary art published twice yearly by Bad
Each issue is edited by a collective. Editing and production is done
in coordination with The Trope Tank at MIT, a laboratory/studio directed
by Bad Quarto proprietor and Taper publisher Nick Montfort.
Taper is not officially associated with MIT or hosted on an MIT
For the sixth issue, the editorial collective consisted of
The issue’s constraint is that the core part of each poem—the HTML on the
page after the header—can be no more than a tiny 2KB (2048 bytes).
We thank Sebastian Bartlett for his help in managing the template.
The work in this sixth issue is written in HTML5, using ES6. It has
been tested across platforms on current-generation browsers, but the
pieces included may not work all work on earlier browsers such
as Internet Explorer.
We encourage readers to view the source code (Ctrl/Command + U) in
order to read the artists’ statements as well as the code itself. Be
creative when exploring the pieces; some of them are interactive,
which you can discover through experimentation or by reading the source
code. We invite remixes of published Taper works in future
Submissions for Issue #7
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 included with the release of the
For Taper #7 we invite submissions in response to the theme
Wonders. This issue is inspired by wonders big and small,
at the scales of the seven wonders of the world and of the smaller, more
personal ones that we keep close to us—from the curios nestled neatly in
a Wunderkammer to the bric-a-brac that clutters a work-from-home
office. After the doldrums and confinement of the past year, we seek
works that reignite the imagination, arouse curiosity, and invite
In keeping with the tradition of thematically referencing the issue
number we also invite works that address concepts related to the number
seven, such as luck, perfection, the week, the day of rest, the seven
virtues and/or deadly sins, the seven seas, or the colors of the rainbow.
Alternatively, works could address abstract aspects of the number seven,
such as its relations to geometrical figures or poetic forms.
- Download our template in a zipfile so that
you can edit it. After you have it and have unzipped it, edit only two
parts of the file: the long comment at the top, which will hold your
title, your name, and a creative statement from you, and the very end
of the file, where your tiny computational poem is to be placed.
- All code (in the form of ES6, CSS, and HTML) must be placed between
the template’s closing header tag (</header>) and the closing
body tag (</body>), must be valid HTML5, and must fit within 2KB
- Use the W3C
validator to ensure the validity of your page.
- Submissions may 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. It also has the
practical purpose of allowing all of Taper work without a
network connection, for instance in a gallery setting.
- We use this style guide to edit
Taper. The more you can adhere to it in providing us poems,
creative statements, and author bios, the easier it will be to edit and
produce the issue.
- Please refer to this About page for license
terms under which all poems have been and will be released; by
submitting to Taper #7, you agree that, if we accept your work,
we may release it, copyright by you, under this same short
all-permissive license. Since you are submitting the work to us
in the provided template, this will be part of your submission.
Timeline and Process
Submissions for this issue will be accepted until August 31, 2021
at 11:59 PM AoE, that is, as long as it is August 31 anywhere in
the world. Taper #7 will be published in Fall 2021.
Those interested in submitting work should send submissions to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply attach your work in one zip file
containing your HTML page files (up to five per author will be
considered). You should then receive an email acknowledging our receipt
of your work within a few days.
This page and the main page of Taper #6
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 #7
, or change
the way our authors and editors spell their names, for instance.)
is also 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.