Luesebrink Guidelines

The Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Award honors a visionary artist and/or scholar who has brought excellence to the field of electronic literature and has inspired others to help create and build the field. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation, it comes with a $1000 award that can go directly to the awardee or to a young scholar who would use the funds in support of developing content for online sources about the awardee’s achievements; a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement; and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level.


1. The Artist or Scholar selected for this award should demonstrate excellence in four or more of the following categories:

  • Creation of opportunities for younger scholars
  • Publication of influential academic studies of electronic literature
  • Practice-based artistic research in the field, with significant presentations and exhibitions of creative work
  • Curatorial activities, particularly including editing and the organization of exhibitions, conferences, workshops, roundtables and research groups
  • Preservationist work, whether individual or institutional
  • Active participation in conferences and exhibitions, both national and international
  • Contribution to ELO as an organization, whether as a member of the Board of Directors or Literary Art Board or as informal advisor

2. Nominations must be made by others; no self-nominations are not allowed.

3. Membership in the Electronic Literature Organization is not required.

4. There is no cost involved in nominations. This is a free and open award aimed at rewarding excellence.

5. The awardee will be selected by a jury of specialists in electronic literature.

6. The nomination is to include a proposed citation of 25 words or less; a nomination letter not to exceed three pages; and three letters of support, each no longer than two pages. Awards committees give the highest consideration to letters received from institutions unrelated to that of the nominee. Both a curriculum vitae and bibliography (if appropriate) are also required, and although page limits are not imposed on these, it is recommended the curriculum vitae not exceed two pages and the bibliography not exceed three pages. Materials must be sent via email to:

Nicholas Schiller, Office Coordinator
Electronic Literature Organization

7. Previous winners of this award cannot be nominated again.

8. Those making the nomination or the nominees themselves are responsible for submitting materials for jurying. Physical materials will be returned via a self-addressed mailer.

9. Nominees and the winner retain all rights to their works. If copyright allows, ELO will be given permission to share the work or portions of it on the award webpage. Journals and presses that have published the winning work will be acknowledged on the award webpage.

10. The winner is not expected to attend the ELO conference banquet in Porto, Portugal though it is encouraged. The award will be mailed to the winner following the conference.


Nomination Submissions Period: November 1, 2017-April 1, 2018
Jury Deliberations: April 13- July 1, 2018
Award Announcement: ELO Conference Banquet, Montrèal, Quebec

For more information about the Awards, contact Dene Grigar, The Electronic Literature Organization,