Short Fiction: Co-texts and Contexts University of Leuven (KU Leuven), 4-5-6 May 2017 Since the emergence of the modern short story as a distinct literary form in the second half of the nineteenth century, many critics and writers have sought to decide what it is exactly that distinguishes the short story from longer fiction, such as the novella or the novel – Is it length? Conciseness? A specific thematic concern? Or a particular stylistic feature? The matter has not yet been settled. Perhaps we need to look to more circumstantial, material elements for a pragmatic answer to that question. Indeed, one could argue that oneRead More →

FInal Programme The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre   An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016   Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia   Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401 The American Short Story:  An Expansion of the Genre An American Literature Association Symposium Sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story October 20-22, 2016 Hyatt Regency Savannah Two W Bay Street Savannah, Georgia 31401     Symposium Director: James Nagel, University of Georgia     Acknowledgments:   The conferenceRead More →

Congratulations to Jessie Greengrass, winner of the 10th anniversary Edge Hill Prize for her collection, An Account of The Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It.  She will be reading alongside Kirsty Gunn and Kevin Barry at the launch of the Edge Hill Prize anthology, Head Land edited by Rodge Glass at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 27th.Read More →

‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media Edge Hill University, UK     Day 1, Friday 13th May 2016   TIME SESSION VENUE 8.30 – 9.00 Registration & Refreshments Business School Foyer 9.00 – 9.30 Welcome address B001 9.30 – 11.00 Parallel Sessions: Panels 1 & 2 Panel 1: Form, Format and Short Story Publishing B002 Narrative Empathetic Writing Devices: A Study of Short Fiction Formatting. Amanda Bigler (Loughborough University, UK) Embracing Modes: How the children of this century have employed the online publisher. Lisa Blower (independent scholar, UK) Does the Short Story exist? George Green (Lancaster University, UK)   Panel 2:Read More →

  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 →

Society for the Study of the American Short Story  Call for Papers  The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre  A Symposium of the American Literature Association The Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) requests proposals for papers and presentations at an international symposium on the short story to be held in Savannah, October 20-22, 2016, at the Hyatt Hotel. More information regarding hotel reservations, keynote speakers, and registrations details will be available in the spring of 2016 and will be posted on the new Society website: americanshortstory.org.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 →