the html review

the html review is an annual journal of literature made to exist on the web. It is edited by Maxwell Neely-Cohen and Shelby Wilson.

Our efforts have been covered by Frieze Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Longreads, and the German radio program Netzkultur. There have been public performances and displays of work we have published at CultureHub, Rhizome, the de Young Museum, and The Net Gala.

Some friends, inspirations, and idols —




Institutions and spaces

Curators, cartographers, and archivists


Submissions are open from November 1st–December 1st for the next issue, which releases the following Spring. We accept pitches, works-in-progress, and completed work.

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, graphic storytelling, and experiments that utilize the web as a medium are all welcome.

We especially love when the subject matter of a piece has nothing to do with the web or technology, but the medium is merely a means to further the story and poetry. If you come from a non-technical background, we love to help with coding and design when we can.

Some stuff we would love to see—an essay you’ve always wanted to write but never found the right place for; fables; digital journeys; memoirs; word cities; short stories that only make sense in a website; linguistic instruments; gif operas; typewriter art; concrete poetry; ASCII lyricism; CSS still lifes; hyperlinked travelogues; love letters; uncanny calendars; narrative charts; artistic weather reports; explorations of ancient music; browser-based sculptures; laptop-melting sonic art; libraries real and imagined; texts with too many links.

We pay $500 per contribution. All contributors own their own work in perpetuity and are free to iterate and publish it elsewhere. the html review wants to be more of an incubator and cheerleader than a traditional publisher. Anything contributors make belongs to them and them alone.

While we are happy to take on the cost and logistical burden of hosting, one of the beautiful things about the web is that hyperlinks make centralization unnecessary. While we keep a copy of the code for archival purposes, contributors are totally free to host their work somewhere else if that makes the most sense for them.

Please send your pitch and a bit about yourself to [email protected].

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