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We are pleased to announce the call for submissions for the UM Press/Sweetland Publication Prize in Digital Rhetoric. The prize, which is funded by the Sweetland Center for Writing, is awarded to an innovative and important book-length project that displays critical and rigorous engagement in the field of digital rhetoric. These projects should be born-digital or substantially digitally enhanced, and they should be completed or very near completion.

Eligible projects will be peer reviewed, with the prize recipient determined by the DRC advisory board and directors. The advisory board members are Jonathan Alexander (University of California, Irvine), Cheryl Ball (West Virginia University), Kristine Blair (Bowling Green State University), Douglas Eyman (George Mason University), Troy Hicks (Central Michigan University), Derek Mueller (Eastern Michigan University), Jentery Sayers (University of British Columbia), and Melanie Yergeau (University of Michigan). The directors are Anne Ruggles Gere and Naomi Silver, and the assistant director is Simone Sessolo (University of Michigan).

For consideration, authors should provide by email a portfolio including the prospectus and full manuscript for the completed project. The prospectus should provide the following information: a description of the goals, intended audience, and significance; and an explanation of technical requirements, feasibility, and long-term sustainability. The full manuscript should include all digital materials (manuscript and materials can be submitted as a url). We also ask that authors provide a recent CV. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. 

Please send submissions to Mary Francis, Editorial Director for the University of Michigan Press, and the DRC directors, using this email address: SweetlandDRCBooks@umich.edu.

The prize is open to scholars of all ranks, though preference is for first and single-author projects of younger scholars. A prize of $5000 will be awarded, along with an advance contract for publication in the series. The recipient will be announced on the DRC, U-M Press, and Sweetland websites, and at Computers and Writing 2017.

General Guidelines for Prospectus Submission to the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative
The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative publishes texts that investigate the multiliteracies of digitally mediated spaces both within academia as well as other contexts. We encourage discussions that include but are not limited to topics such as:

• new convergences and economies;
• shifting ideologies and politics;
• global contexts and multilingual discourses;
• reconstructions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability;
• emerging theories and technologies; and
• reconfigured divisions and connections within these spaces.

We encourage born-digital as well as substantially digitally enhanced submissions of book-length scope — in the form of collections, monographs, or teaching materials of varying genres — that engage with digital rhetoric’s histories and futures; its border-fields and transdisciplines; its ethics and aesthetics; its materialities, networks, praxes and pedagogies.

Reviewers and series editors will consider the following criteria when evaluating submissions.  Strong submissions will:

• demonstrate informed awareness of relevant literature, models and/or practices;
• define and develop emerging issues and perspectives;
• provide a significant contribution to the field;
• offer an analytic, creative, or critical contribution to the field;
• be original, provocative, or groundbreaking;
• employ innovative formats and technology appropriate to the subject;
• enhance understanding of the relationship of form to content and of design to meaning;
• be feasible and sustainable.

Final publication will be contingent on positive external reviews and approval by the Executive Board of the University of Michigan Press. The Press and MPublishing, the University’s center for scholarly publishing, are dedicated to publishing innovative work in digital rhetoric.

Additional points to consider in preparing submissions.

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