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