The Society on the Study of the Short Story in cooperation with the University of Vienna is kindly inviting you to participate in the 13th International Conference on Short Story in English 2014, held July 15 – 19, 2014 in Vienna, Austria.
Unbraiding the Short Story
The theme of the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, “Unbraiding the Short Story,” travels the bridges from the 12th International Conference in North Little Rock to examine the density of the short story in the heart of Europe, Vienna. The tresses of learned techniques, historical and political information, psychological insight, pop-cultural references, and the free-wheeling structures of George Saunders, Karen Russell, Alice Munro or the metafictions of Robert Coover, John Barth and William H. Gass, all form braids of creativity and influence that encircle the modern story.
In Vienna, a city of coming and going, and one claiming the new directions of Schnitzler and Kafka, the avant garde of Mayröcker, the insights of a new generation formed not only by the past, but by a present lauding the very diversity of story, an unbraiding of the genre can lead us to discover the intrinsic density of human concerns that prevails in the telling and showing of short prose. In Vienna, we may discover perhaps hitherto unknown renditions of this story telling expressed at this international gathering of short story enthusiasts.
Like the braid, story brings a manifold diversity together into a sleek whole. Scholars, when unbraiding, are sure to discover much more than the sum of intrinsic parts, much more than individual tresses, some errant, some entwined. Story is open and closed, long and short, real and imaginary, traditional and daring, discovering new forms and content in an era of technological innovation and adaptation. The medium may change, but story, in its manifold representations, remains, regardless of country or language of origin.
Come to Vienna and let us unbraid together the worlds of story, our external approaches to the cultural presence of the genre and our internal approaches to its structure.
- 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 or Flash Fiction
- Short Story Cycles
- Short Story and Life Writing
- Writing the Short Story
- Translating the Short Story
- Short Story and Culture
- 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, Taiwanese, German, …)
- Short stories and politics
- 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
- The Short Story and the oral tradition
- Theme: The Braids of Identity
- Word count: 2,000 words strict maximum.
- Short stories in English or English translation. Two stories maximum.
- Deadline: 30 April 2014.
- Judges: Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise.
- Prizes: First prize: €1,000; two Honourable Mentions: €500
- Stories must not bear any identifying information and must be as an attachment in .doc, .rtf format.
- Submission via mail to Susan Lohafer.
Subject of the email: Short Story Contest.
Include name, contact details and title of work in the body of the email. If translated, name of translator is to be indicated in the body of the email only.
- Entries must not have been previously published online (includes personal blogs, etc.) or in print.
- The conference has the right to utilize stories in support of the Society in any way deemed appropriate which may include publication in an anthology.
- Writers retain copyright and after the conference are free to have their stories published elsewhere.
Workshops will be held in the Juridicum on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, the day before the Conference begins. Cost: 60 Euros per 3-hour workshop. Minimum 5 participants.
- Clark Blaise: The Enchantments of the Story Form
- Robert Olen Butler: Creating Fictional Art
- Sandra Cisneros: Unworkshop – writing in one’s pajamas
- Lauren B. Davis: The Importance of Being Scenic
- Vanessa Gebbie: Reignite that creative spark!
- Cate Kennedy: What is said and not said — Understanding the power of effective dialogue
- Thomas E. Kennedy: Three 1-hour sessions — generative workshops and craft presentation
- Andy Kissane: Dialogue, power, endings, the short story cycle & whatever else we can cram into 3 hours…
- Alistair MacLeod: Nuts and Bolts of Writing the Short Story
- Bharati Mukherjee: What’s at Stake? And What’s the Payoff?
- Public reading, Monday 14 July, Alte Schmiede: Australian and Austrian writers tbc.
- Public reading, Tuesday, 15 July 2014, Literaturhaus: Robert Olen Butler, Bharati Mukherjee, Clemens Setz
- Public evening reading, Wednesday, 16 July 2014, Amerika Haus: US writers tbc.
- Public reading, Thursday, 17 July 2014, Juridicum: workshop leaders, writers tbc.
- Public reading, Friday, 18 July 2014, Juridicum: Irish writers tbc.
- Special Plenary (Conference participants only): The Austrian Short Story, with the participation of Friederike Mayröcker. Tbc.
- Panel sessions and plenaries (Conference participants only): all writers and scholars
- Luncheon reading, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 (Conference participants only): writers tbc.
- Writer interviews
- Farewell dinner, Saturday, 19 July 2014, Heurigen (Conference participants only, no reading).