Onward! attendees are looking for ideas—interesting, challenging, and provocative ideas – and are looking to Onward! Essays to provide them.
While SPLASH and Onward! authors are adept at writing technical papers, the essay form presents a different set of requirements and thus presents different opportunities. The Onward! Essay track is your chance to explore a line of argument or reasoning in writing, and to share that thought process and its conclusions with your peers.
Call for Contributions
An Onward! essay must say something substantially original, and must be sufficiently interesting to deserve the attention of the programming and software communities. The scope of an Onward! essay can be broad: It can be single idea, consider a new approach, or posit a new paradigm. It can talk about programming languages, programming methodologies, process, software engineering, collaboration, or anything to do with programming and creating software. But above all, an Onward! essay must be well thought out, well-written, and compelling in its narrative.
Onward! is a fully peer-reviewed conference. Selected essays will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the Onward! Companion.
All essays will be read by members of the Onward! 2012 Essay Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, technical correctness, and presentation.
Essays should be no more than 10,000 words or 20 pages in length, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. PDF is preferred, although other formats will be accepted.
It is the goal of the Onward! Essay Program Committee to help you present the best possible version of your ideas (and thereby yourself). To this end, selected essays will receive editorial comments from the committee. Authors are asked to be open to the process of refinement, and will be expected to submit revisions based on the feedback of committee members.
For More Information
For additional information, clarification, or answers to questions please contact the Onward! Essays Chair, Julie Steele.