Revisions 2021 Call for Contributions

I Write Digitally; Therefore I Am [2021]

Are you a Zoombie? Have you left your apartment today? Do you miss the social roulette of wondering which coworker you will randomly bump into on your way to the coffee machine?

Revisions: A Journal on Writing is seeking contributions from Queens College students, faculty, and staff for this year’s issue, “I Write Digitally; Therefore I Am”: an exploration of digital writing as an intensified experience of working, socializing, leisure, connection, and being-in-the-world during a time of pandemic and physical isolation.

We invite Queens College students, faculty, and staff to contribute short essays, nonfiction, poetry, photography, art, and other written and visual reflections of (no more than 1000 words) on how the social landscape has been altered and how digital writing has taken new or intensified social functions. Submissions are due Friday, November 20, 2020. Please submit a .doc and/or .jpeg file as an attachment to qcrevisions@gmail.com.

The following prompts are intended to inspire ideas, but contributors are by no means limited to what is listed here.

Digital Writing and Selfhood(s)

  • How has your social world changed in pandemic times? Has there been an inclining significance of digital writing? Have you found yourself writing more online?
  • Consider the myriad ways we write online…to whom do we address? How do we present ourselves in digital writing and is it different from being in the presence of others physically? 
  • Does the mediation of different modes of technology change the way you relate to others?

Work, Productivity, and Writing in Isolation

  • Compare the way writing is used in the digital classroom vs the physical classroom
  • How do you draw the boundaries between work writing and social writing?
  • How do we mark different social spaces digitally even as we sit in front of the same screen for hours?

Truth, Knowledge, Politics and Digital Writing

  • Reflect upon digital writing as collaboration, co-creation, or co-authoring a world. 
  • I write, but who reads? Who can read? Reflect upon space, place, and temporality on the World Wide Web. Consider the reach of your writing and the attention it garners. What happens if your writing goes viral? 
  • Censorship, algorithms, big data…what happens to your digital writing? 
  • The trolls, the comments section, spam…tell us about your encounters with the “dark side” of digital writing.

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