The Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN) at the University of Illinois Library is launching a new publication series for digital scholarly editions of literary works. A beta version of the first title in the series will be released for feedback from the scholarly community in 2021, and a CFP for the second title is below. The editor(s) of the title chosen in response to the CFP will receive two semesters of graduate research assistant support to facilitate work on the edition (in addition to consultation support from the IOPN publishing team). For more information, see the announcement for the series at https://iopn.library.illinois.edu/2020/12/15/iopneditionscfp/
Deadline Extension: Due to an extension of our funding timeline, we are making a significant extension of this CFP deadline, which will now be July 31, 2021 (moving back work on the proposed edition by a semester as well). We hope this gives people more time to develop a proposal than the original tight turnaround, especially after the semester is over and people can take a step back from what is an unusually disruptive year. We are happy to talk to people about possible proposals.
Additionally, the first title in this series is now available in beta form for public feedback: an edition of Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The beta version includes the reading text (with annotations for cultural references), an account of variants of the text, a section on mapping locations in the novel, and a draft editorial introduction, with further editorial content forthcoming. Users are invited to provide feedback on the edition using the hypothes.is sidebar. This title is available as an example for reference, but the chosen project may use a different IOPN platform or have a different structure depending on the specific needs of the edition.
Dan Tracy, Illinois Open Publishing Network, University of Illinois