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We welcome and encourage proposals and abstracts for the 16th International Conference on the Short Story in English, 20-24 June, 2023, in Singapore.

SUBMISSION
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Please submit all proposals and abstracts by 1st February 2023,  via the online submission form.


• Only registrants may present papers or organize or moderate panels. Final acceptance hinges on registration (Registration forms and details will be posted later on this web page).


PROPOSAL
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  • Anyone wishing to pre-arrange a panel on a given theme or topic must first secure agreement from all members of the suggested panel and then submit a proposal.

  • Most panels have three presenters, although some may have more.

  • Proposals should include a 250-300-word description of the topic and full contact information for all members of the group.

  • Normally, the person submitting the proposal is the chair of the session. He or she may also be a presenter, but need not be; however, all presenters, including the chair, must be registered for the conference.

  • Panels are scheduled for 75 minutes; there are also 90 minute panels based on number of presenters or need, depending on topic. Ninety (90) minute panels may be requested, however, they are not guaranteed.

ABSTRACT
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  • All persons wishing to give a paper at the conference, including all members of pre-arranged panels, must submit a 300-500-word abstract.

  • Individual papers will be scheduled for 15-20 minutes.

  • Presenters must prepare their presentations so as not to exceed the time limit.

  • By submitting an abstract, authors give permission for it to be published on the conference web site and in the printed conference booklet.

SUGGESTED TOPICS
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We welcome and encourage proposals and abstracts on the theme of "Diversity of Voices: A Global Storytelling History," as well as on any of the following suggested topics.
  • History of the Short Story

  • Literary Movements and the Short Story

  • Children’s Literature: Genre, Format, Illustration, Design, Issues related to the Content

  • Children’s Short Story: Definition

  • Short Fiction Theory

  • Short Story Subgenres

  • Short Story and the Canon

  • Short Story versus the Novel

  • Short Story and Psychology

  • Short Story and Philosophy

  • Closure in the Short Story

  • Short Story Rhetoric

  • Short Story and Storytelling

  • Short-Short Stories or Flash Fiction

  • Short Story Cycles

  • Short Story and Life Writing

  • Short Story – Fiction versus Faction

  • Writing the Short Story

  • Translating the Short Story

  • Flash Fiction

  • Flash Fiction Criticism, Form, and Issues

  • Short Story and Culture

  • Short Story Criticism

  • Short Story and the Visual Arts/Dance/Music/Theater

  • Short Story and the Media/Film/Hypertext/Multimedia

  • Short Story and Code-Switching

  • Modernism and the Short Story

  • Postcolonialism and the Short Story

  • Short Story Editing and Anthologizing

  • Short Story Publishing

  • Short Story Reception

  • Short Story and Pedagogy

  • Magical Realism and the Short Story

  • Ecology and the Short Story

  • Adaptations of the Short Story

  • Food, Culinary Culture and the Short Story

  • Suggested Ways of Writing Short Stories

  • National Traditions (e.g., Asian, Singaporean, Irish, Australian, Canadian, Taiwanese, German etc.)

  • Anglophone Short Stories from other Countries and Continents

  • Philosophy and the Short Story

  • The Short Story, Gender and Sexuality

  • Historical Approaches to the Short Story

  • The Short Story and the Oral Tradition

  • Multilingualism and the Short Story

  • Short Story and Migration

  • Short Story and Disability