Each year The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers will provide significant support for two digital projects in their early phases. Projects eligible for support include digital editions of letters, books, short fiction, and other texts as well as experimental projects that explore mapping, visualization, and other content-rich methods. The Hub’s editorial platform is designed to support scholars who want to encode their recovered documents using the best technical and sustainability standards but who have limited experience with the digital humanities. For examples of the range in project types and sizes the Hub supports, see Alex W. Black, Brigitte Fielder, and Johanna Ortner’s Just Teach One: Early African American Print edition of Frances Ellen Watkins (Harper)’s Forest Leaves, Kevin Mcmullen’s Fanny Fern in the New York Ledger, or Jordan Von Cannon’s Transatlantic Departures: Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Travel’s Abroad.

Project cultivation support is available for researchers at any rank, with or without institutional affiliations. Recovery practitioners who are awarded project cultivation will also receive a $2,000 stipend to support their work on the project during the Hub’s pilot phase. Practitioners are expected to dedicate at least 80 hours of work to the project throughout the course of the year and attend meetings and training with the Hub’s staff.

Complete the application no later than March 31, 2021, to have your project considered for pilot cultivation beginning April 1, 2021.

  • Guidance through the process of creating a MOU or charter that will define the project’s parameters, labor principles, audience, access principles
  • Guidance regarding data and metadata issues (ethical use of materials, copyright and proper credit, image creation and storage)
  • Assistance finding funding, including advice/training in (internal and external) grant writing
  • Assistance choosing tools and platforms for building the project
  • Project planning/management assistance (with the understanding that project directors will take over planning/management after initial training)
  • Assistance with long-term technological sustainability 
  • Showcasing of projects on the Recovery Hub’s website 
  • Web hosting as needed

The Recovery Hub for American Women Writers is currently seeking its first two pilot projects for cultivation.

To submit your project for cultivation:

Please send an email to recoveryhub@siue.edu including the following:

  • Your information
    • Name
    • Institution (if applicable)
    • Phone number and email address
  • Project information
    • Project name
    • Project URL (if applicable)
    • Names of any project collaborators
    • Project description (up to 1,000 words)
    • Statement on digital methods (up to 1,000 words)
    • Statement on audience (up to 300 words)
    • Statement on how your project relates to the mission of the Recovery Hub (up to 300 words)
    • Two-page CVs for you and each of your collaborators