Please fill out our online form to complete your initial submission. You will be asked to provide the following items:
- A clear and concise proposal of 300 words or less explaining the project to be undertaken.
- Links to one or two examples of past Triple Canopy magazine projects that relate to or model your own proposed project in some significant way.
- A single link to past work, such as a portfolio website or blog, published article, essay, story, or poem. Multi-author projects (e.g., by a collective) should include just one link.
- CV or résumé (DOC or PDF format).
Those who reach a second round of review will receive an email asking them to submit a detailed project proposal, along with several samples of past work, and invited to discuss their plans in greater detail with Triple Canopy editors.
All proposals must comply with the following restrictions:
- Only individuals or collectives may apply. We cannot accept submissions from other organizations or established platforms, such as film festivals or lecture series.
- Proposals for the creation of independent websites will not be accepted.
- Please do not submit more than one application.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com. No materials beyond those listed above will be reviewed.
Photograph by Hannah Whitaker.
Our 2013 application deadline has now passed. However, Triple Canopy also receives and reviews proposals year-round. See the application guidelines below for more information.
(December 11, 2012) Triple Canopy has for the past five years worked to present compelling work online in ways that make innovative use of the Web. In this time, we’ve also been charting an expanded field of publication: creating print objects and public programs that exist in dialogue with our online content, drawing on the history of print culture while also acting as a hub for exploration of emerging forms of technology and the public spaces constituted around them.
For our fourth annual call for proposals we wish to intensify our work in a variety of offline forms of print publication and public programming. We are interested in forging connections between books, manuscripts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, among other forms, and our online publishing practice. We believe that a publishing model that engages both real-world and Web-based audiences can prompt artists and writers to develop work that is deeply considered and formally inventive.
For our 2013 call, we invite artists and writers to submit proposals for projects that may not find their primary realization on the Web, but which may ultimately be published in some form in Triple Canopy's online magazine. The following list, by no means exhaustive, enumerates some of the initial forms such projects might take:
- Print broadsheet or pamphlet
- Print poster
- Book or e-book
- Public lecture or seminar
- Exhibition or installation
Triple Canopy is looking for artists and writers with coherent proposals for projects that can be realized in one year or less. We are, as ever, in search of work that makes innovative, persuasive use of its own form and medium. While past publication or experience is not a prerequisite, successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the field in which they wish to publish. Triple Canopy prioritizes work by emerging artists and writers working in the fields of visual art and literature, broadly defined; we appreciate work that takes into account current discussions and debates but is not bound by them, work that is carefully crafted but not fixated on form.
Commission recipients receive:
- Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support
- $300 honorarium
- Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy
- Opportunity to use Triple Canopy’s space at 155 Freeman for a performance or other public event
- Coordination and production of any print publication or live event
- Archiving of materials and long-term maintenance of any online version of the project by technical staff
How does Triple Canopy define "emerging"?
We define an “emerging” artist as someone who is in the process of developing a distinct practice and set of concerns and producing a significant body of work, but whose recognition within the field is limited, regardless of age. All artists and writers are encouraged to produce challenging, experimental work that advances both their individual practices and the contemporary concerns of their fields.
How do I know if my project is right for Triple Canopy?
The best way to gauge whether or not your submission is appropriate is to read the magazine. That said, Triple Canopy projects often combine artistic and literary work, or confuse the distinctions between them.
What past Triple Canopy projects were commissioned via its call for proposals?
How else does Triple Canopy commission projects?
A list of past commission recipients can be found here
How are Triple Canopy projects funded?
Aside from our annual call for proposals, Triple Canopy receives submissions via two other channels on a rolling basis: 1, Proposals are received and evaluated year-round by editors using the same criteria detailed above; and 2, Editors regularly solicit contributions from artists whose work they admire and believe could benefit from our collaborative process. To submit a proposal outside of our annual call, please fill out our online form
to complete your initial application.
To help foundations better understand our work, Triple Canopy maintains six project areas
, accompanied by a list of supporting foundations and links to past projects that fit their criteria.