http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition/ FREE ENTRY 750 to 2,000 words. £500 first prize, plus 2x runner-up prizes £100 each Deadline: 06 March 2016, 11:59pm (GMT). Calling for feature essays on the short story form, either recommending a short story, collection or anthology, or profiling the life and writing of a short story writer. We look, above all, at the quality of prose, the insights offered, and your ability to really hook your readers. The focus must be on the short story form (short stories, though, are not eligible for entry).Read More →

‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media Edge Hill University, UK, May 13-14, 2016: deadline for proposals extended to January 31st 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 theRead More →

Conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society Hosted by the town of Bandol, France Supported by the New Zealand Embassy, Paris and the University of Northampton, UK KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Professor Enda Duffy University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Professor Ailsa Cox Edge Hill University, UK CALL FOR ABSTRACTS This international conference celebrates the centenary of Katherine Mansfield’s visit to Bandol, where ‘The Aloe’ (the first draft of ‘Prelude’), was completed, Jan-March 1916. The genesis of this story bears witness to Mansfield’s development as a modernist writer, with her everyday subject matter and privileging of modernity, her focus on small, seemingly insignificant details at the expenseRead More →

Adaptation, Revision, Translation: From Life to Art, from the Page to Stage and Screen June 17-18, 2016 at Lille Catholic University Reflecting upon the new edition of her Theory of Adaptation published in 2013, Linda Hutcheon feels that the first version of her study only looked at adaptation “in terms of repetition with variation.” She now sees “new forms and platforms” and wonders “where to draw the line at what we call an adaptation?” In an endeavour to fuel the body of work already available on adaptation theory, this conference means to explore a variety of avenues. Contributors are welcome to work on textual manipulations:Read More →

Call for Papers ‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media A conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research Edge Hill University, UK, May 13-14, 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; inRead More →

International Conference: Digital Literary Studies  Date: May 14-15, 2015  Location: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra, Portugal ‘Digital Literary Studies’ is an international conference exploring methods, tools, objects and digital practices in the field of literary studies. The digitization of artifacts and literary practices, the adoption of computational methods for aggregating, editing and analyzing texts as well as the development of collaborative forms of research and teaching through networking and communication platforms are three dimensions of the ongoing relocation of literature and literary studies in the digital medium. The aim of this two-day conference is to contribute to the mapping of material practicesRead More →

Collection of Essays on David Mitchell – Call for Abstracts Courtney Hopf (NYU) and Wendy Knepper (Brunel University) contact email: ch126@nyu.edu and wendy.knepper@brunel.ac.uk Building on from our successful Symposium on David Mitchell held at NYU London on 9 May, we are moving forward with a proposal for a collection with a major publisher and are seeking abstracts for selection. Mitchell’s oeuvre is often celebrated for its distinctive vision of cosmopolitanism, remediation of genre(s), and relationship to postmodern, posthuman, and postcolonial discourses. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Mitchell’s work by considering all aspects of his literary and cultural output, including novels,Read More →

WOMEN WRITING ACROSS CULTURES: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE An international symposium at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford Friday 26 September to Sunday 28 September 2014 This symposium aims to foster dialogue among researchers and practitioners dealing with women’s writing in a variety of fields: transnational writing and writing across cultures; writing across academic disciplines, across the humanities and social sciences, across the arts and sciences; encounters between the critical and the creative, the academic and the popular, art and life, history and life-writing, orality and literacy, collective and individual authorship, analysant and analyst; crossing temporal boundaries: women’s writing of the past impacting on the present,Read More →

Indo-British Anthology of New Fiction: Call for Submissions Radical fiction or ‘New Fiction’ (NF) is a challenger that is here to break tradition. The passé is no longer acceptable in the Anthology, a book of new writing in English that aims to promote new modes of thinking, seeing and expression. NF is all about innovation in writing, fiction written in a new way, challenging our preconceptions. It is ‘dangerous’ stuff composed by mobile, imaginative minds across a fast-shrinking globe. We are looking for short stories in all their manifestations, preferably composed in English, from Indian or British writers. The editors want bold, angry pieces ofRead More →