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(Archived) Call for Papers: ‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2016
A Conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research
Edge Hill University (UK) – 13-14 May 2016


Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: ‘The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; in the last thirty years the two arts have been accelerating together.’

The child of the 20th century is still growing and developing in the 21st century, alongside an equally rapid acceleration in new media. Through discussions, presentations and performances, this conference will explore the generic affinities between short fiction and other art forms; intermedial transformations; and migrations of the form. This includes the impact of changing technologies on its writing and transmission, historically and at the present moment. Proposals are welcome from both critics and practitioners.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Short fiction as electronic literature; hypertext, twitter fiction and interactive short fiction

  • The short story, print and magazine culture

  • Short fiction and film

  • Short fiction and theatre

  • Short fiction and the visual arts, e.g. painting, photography, illustration

  • Short fiction and music

  • Short fiction and poetry

  • Graphic fiction

  • Short fiction in performance

  • Adaptation and hybridity

  • Short fiction authors working across media

  • Technology and form in short fiction

  • Short fiction, radio and podcast

  • New forms of transmission

  • Short fiction and social media

  • Digital research in short fiction

How To Submit

300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers should be sent to no later than midnight on the 15th of January 2016.

Contributors should also send a short biographical note indicating institutional affiliation.


It is envisaged that conference proceedings will be published as a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice:,id=196/


For further information about the European Network for Short Fiction Research see:

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University is located in North West England, within easy reach of Liverpool.

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