Call for Participation
Balisage: The Markup Conference 2021

Balisage is the premier conference on the theory, practice, design, development, and application of markup. We solicit papers on any aspect of markup and its uses; topics include but are not limited to:

Full papers should be submitted by the deadline given below. All papers are peer-reviewed — we pride ourselves that you will seldom get a more thorough, skeptical, or helpful review than the one provided by Balisage reviewers.

Who: You!

Anyone interested in sound technical discussion of issues relating to markup is welcome at Balisage. The conference is dedicated to the exchange of useful information; most attendees have a technical bent, but managers who need to understand XML or related technologies and end users who want to understand better what their technical people are telling them, will also enjoy Balisage.

Help: Just Ask

Email: [email protected] for help, advice, or encouragement about a Balisage submission.
Wonder if your idea will make an appropriate Balisage paper? Ask us! Unsure if the people at Balisage would be interested in the work you are doing? We'll be happy to discuss it with you! Need help making your paper into XML as required for submission? Speak up; we'll find someone to help.


  • 19 March 2021 — Peer review applications due
  • 2 April 2021 — Paper submissions due
  • 7 May 2021 — Speakers notified
  • 4 June 2021 — Late-breaking News submissions due
  • 10 June 2021 — Late-breaking News speakers notified
  • 9 July 2021 — Final papers due from presenters of peer reviewed papers
  • 9 July 2021 — Short paper or slide summary due from presenters of late-breaking news
  • 2 – 6 August 2021 — Balisage: The Markup Conference


Also: if you would like to peer review for Balisage 2021, fill out the Peer Review panel application

Help us make Balisage your favorite XML Conference.

Debbie Lapeyre
Jim Mason
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen
B. Tommie Usdin
Norm Walsh