Discussion → Literary Market for hyperfiction

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    Susan Gibb
    Dec 27, 04:00pm

    While I've been fortunate to just recently have published a hypertext piece in The New River Review (VA Tech) and have a friend who's been in The Drunken Boat, there is a more limited market for hypertext and in fact all new media pieces.

    I'm trying to get together a list of literary journals who have expanded into this area and would appreciate any input that others may have to add to this listing.

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    Finnegan Flawnt
    Dec 27, 04:29pm

    great idea, susan, thanks for the effort. this makes me want to double my hypertext mania ;-)

  • Mark Bernstein
    Dec 30, 11:12am

    Don't forget Eastgate, purveyors of fine hypertext fiction and nonfiction since 1982.


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    Susan Gibb
    Jan 03, 10:21pm

    Absolutely, Mark. Between Storyspace and Tinderbox, there's no better way to write in and your support of hypertext story is world-known. I'm locating some past journals and discovering some new ones and a list will be gathered together soon. You'll be on it.

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    Brian Mihok
    Jan 19, 12:14pm

    I edit matchbook and we published a hypertext piece by Scott Garson entitled "Me and My Cousin." Find it here: http://matchbooklitmag.com/garson.html

    I think hypertext has exciting possibilities in terms of craft and in terms of how we read. As Scott points out in his Critical Thought, what's exciting is that hypertext attempts to use technology as the basis for its existence, rather than an impediment or something to accept which devalues it because it isn't printed.

    Cool group!

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    Brian Mihok
    Jan 19, 12:15pm

    That should be "About Me and My Cousin"

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    Susan Gibb
    Jan 19, 12:57pm

    Hi Brian. Yes, Scott mentioned this to me a while ago and I love his piece.

    I've just had a hypertext piece published in the Fall 09 issued of The New River Review (VA Tech) which is very open to all new media methods of narrative. Drunken Boat published my friend Steve Ersinghaus' poem this past summer, and I've been readying a few of my hypertext stories for submission to a few more places right now.

    While I've got you, is Matchbook interested in publishing hypertext again any time soon?

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    Brian Mihok
    Jan 19, 05:43pm

    Of course. If it's good, we're interested, no matter the form, really. We're technically closed for submissions but if you sent it along it would get read...maybe just not as quickly as usual. You should send something along.

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    Michael J. Maguire
    Feb 21, 06:21pm

    Brian, Susan, Mark, Finnegan,
    I enjoy these threads and this group specifically, although I've been lurking for the last few months and will probably return to that, due to workload pressures.

    I too was published by the New River Journal Susan, my piece was called 'Promise'(the annals of the four web masters)

    Below is a link to one hypertext piece I previously wrote: "BoB Casio's Dead Cameraman"

    Bob is a 2006 single page interactive comedy mystery created in a twiddly wiki file. I have never submitted it anywhere because it was described by one of my fellow MA students as very funny but ugly & difficult'


    I love experimenting, hypertext literally adds additional dimensions to creative possibilities.

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    Susan Gibb
    Feb 23, 07:03am

    Bob's a fun piece--though I wasn't sure I'd gotten to the right page when I first got there!

    Once people get past the resistance to hypertext and other forms of new media, I think they see the potential and are more willing to explore.

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    Michael J. Maguire
    Feb 23, 07:38am

    Thank you Susan,

    Yes Bob was intended as a parody of early digital fiction / literature competitions. It also explores the concept of idea ownership.

    I am particularly interested in finding some successful examples of 'comic' or humorous hypertext work(s), which is proving pretty difficult, so if anyone can point me in that direction I would be eternally grateful.

    Thanks again

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    Bobbi Lurie
    Feb 25, 06:08pm

    I just joined this group. I am interested in learning about hypertext. I love reading it. Is there a place I might go to learn basic instructions--I don't even know how to make the links--maybe that is my only question.
    My apologies for breaking up this thread with novice questions (the questions of a novice--I can think of how these words would work in hypertext).
    Thank you,

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    Susan Gibb
    Feb 26, 08:32am

    Welcome, Bobbi! May I ask where you've read hypertext? It's so rare to hear someone say they 'love' reading it that I'm intrigued.

    I use a software program called Tinderbox (Mac only) or Storyspace (Mac or Windows)(http://eastgate.com) that makes the links easily just by moving the cursor, and then exports the whole piece complete with links into html format. I suppose any text editor can serve the purpose, though it would be less fun to work with and keep the story flowing. There's also a free download program called Twine that you could look into at http://gimcrack'd.com

    You can also check out my own website Hypercompendia (http://susangibb.net/blog2) and the 100 Flash Fiction Hypertexts link from that site that were all written in Tinderbox.

    I'd be glad to help any way I can. More and more online editors are starting to accept hypertext pieces and there's one currently up at matchbook by Scott Garson (http://www.matchbooklitmag.com/garson.html) you can check out.

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