Future text publishing are publishing a book on ‘The Future of Text’ this November, a not-for-profit project with contributions from brilliant thinkers from all over the world. In an effort to involve the next generation in the debate, they are launching a competition for students to write on this subject and be included in the book as follows;


About the competition

Students from all over the world are invited to submit an article of 1,000 words about their views on the future of text.  The winner will be included in the book, which has contributions from internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the founder of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the inventors of hypertext, Siri, the hashtag, LaTeX, JSON, Wikis, WordPress as well as academics from leading universities such as Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and NYU. The winner will also have a chance to meet with Vint Cerf, and receive many signed copies of books from the authors who have contributed to the book.


Why this is important

It is quite clear to us that in order to deal with the big and small issues of today, from how to communicate with someone you are close to, to dealing with climate change, pandemics and social justice, text is and–will remain–a core medium of communication. Text matters and we created this book to inspire reflection and innovation on what text can be for the human user, not just how it can be best exploited for social media and propaganda. Michael Gove’s Ditchley lecture this weekend reminds us how important it is to invest in how we learn and communicate, for which text is fundamental.


About the initiative

The book is the latest effort in the ongoing ‘Future Text Initiative’ which also includes:

– 10 years of the Future of Text Symposium

– the Author, Reader and Liquid software ecosystem focused on student writing and citing

– the Visual-Meta approach to enable robust metadata for citations and rich documents



Key dates:

1st of May: Competition Starts

20th of October: Competition Closes

20th of November: The winner will be announced and the book will be Published at the 10th annual Future of Text Symposium


Further reading can be found here.

  • Posted 3 Aug 2020

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