Call for Contributions: Online Exhibition

The Crossed Lines project is inviting contributions to an online exhibition of literary telephones and we would love to hear from you! We’re looking for references to telephones in literary texts of all genres, and from a range of periods and places. Our aim is to produce an online exhibition at to sit alongside the Telepoetics and Dial-a-Poem resources. Although we will retain editorial control over the material, all contributions will be fully credited to each individual author.

Please submit (as a Word doc) the following:

  • The full bibliographic details of your chosen text, including the author, translator (if relevant), title, place of publication, publisher, and publication date. Please also include the text’s first publication date, if appropriate.
  • A single quotation / extract that demonstrates the text’s handling of the telephone (maximum 150 words). This will be subject to the UK’s fair usage policy (see the British Library’s explanation here). 
  • A short written account of the role and representation of the telephone in the text (approximately 200 words).

In addition, please send us (as a jpeg):

  • A colour photograph of the front cover

The deadline for submissions is 24 July 2020. You can submit as many times as you wish. Please email all submissions to by the deadline.

While we welcome contributions from across the globe, all submissions must be in English. It is also worth noting that in the first instance, we are only seeking submissions that explore the role of the telephone in literary texts, by which we mean, fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic writing (as opposed to fine art, music, films or other media).

Crossed Lines is an AHRC-funded research project led by Dr Sarah Jackson in partnership with the Science Museum and the BT Archives. You can find out about the project by visiting

Working at the intersections of creative and critical theory and practice, Sarah Jackson’s publications include Pelt (2012), which won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (2015). An AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker and AHRC Leadership Fellow, she is currently writing about literature and telephony.

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