Call for Papers 2016

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The FINAL deadline is January 31st, 2016


Proposals and Abstracts:

We welcome and encourage proposals and abstracts for the 2016 conference in Shanghai, China. 


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. 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.   


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 should be scheduled for 20 minutes.

Dr. Jay Ruud,, the Program Coordinator, screens all proposals and abstracts, issues acceptances, and arranges the presentations on the program.  He will form panels to accommodate papers not included in pre-arranged groups. Please submit all proposals and abstracts by 31 January 2016, via the online SUBMISSION FORM. This is the FINAL deadline.

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

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).

Suggested Topics:

  • History of the Short Story
  • Literary Movements and the Short Story
  • Short Fiction Theory
  • Short Story Subgenres
  • Short Story and the Canon
  • Short Story and Psychology
  • Short Story and Philosophy 
  • Genre Slippage
  • Closure in the Short Story
  • Short Story Rhetoric
  • Short Story and Storytelling
  • Short-Short Stories
  • Short Story Cycles
  • Short Story and Life Writing
  • Writing the Short Story
  • Flash Fiction
  • Translating the Short Story
  • Short Story and Culture
  • Western Influence in Eastern Short Stories
  • Western Influence on Chinese Short Stories
  • Chinese Short Story Writers in the Western Countries
  • Asian-American Short Stories – Definition, History, Issues, Etc.
  • Short Stories and Globalization
  • Reading short stories in a globalized context
  • Realism, naturalism, romanticism in the short story
  • The Role of the translator in short stories.
  • Non-fiction Short Stories
  • 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
  • Postmodernism 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
  • National traditions (e.g., Irish, Australian, Canadian, Spanish, French, German, ...)
  • Short stories and politics
  • Short stories and religion
  • The American Work Ethic and the short story
  • Gay and Lesbian short stories; and Short Story issues
  • Anglophone short stories from other countries and continents
  • Philosophy and the Short Story
  • Historical approaches to the Short Story
  • Short Stories and MFA Programs
  • The Short Story and the oral tradition


Jay Ruud

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