Call for Papers & Shortlisting

NOTE – The deadline for the submission of proposals has now passed. The CfP below is for reference only.


All abstracts received by the original deadline (December 2019) went through a rigorous triple blind peer-review process – a big ‘thank you’ to my colleagues Francesco Sticchi and Peter Turner at Oxford Brookes University for their vital contribution to this.

Eventually, 118 papers (for a total of 132 presenters) were shortlisted from a total of 135 submission – these include two pre-constituted panels. Moreover, 3 research posters have been shortlisted.

NOTE – Below is the text of the email circulated in October 2020 announcing the new dates (in 2021) for the planned IRL conference, which was eventually replaced by the Research Seminar Series Online.

13th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference

“Pushing Boundaries”

Oxford (UK), 30 August – 1 September 2021 (postponed from 2020)

The 13th annual International Conference of the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN 2020) will be hosted in Oxford (UK) on Monday 30 August through Wednesday 1 September 2021.

The deadline for the original CfP (Round 1) was in December 2019. Shortlisted papers were announced at the end of January 2020 and we had just started the registration process last March when the decision was made to postpone the Annual Conference to 2021.

As detailed in the Postponed to 2021 page on this website, and as announced via email, delegates who had been shortlisted for SRN2020 will be accepted for SRN2021 by default. However, please note the following:

  • The revised format of the conference (which will revert back to the traditional 3 days instead of 4 as originally planned) means that we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 108 papers (TBC) as opposed to the 120 shortlisted this year. As a result we might have to revise our original decision and withdraw acceptance of a few papers.
  • On the other hand we are aware that this might not be necessary after all. Throughout Autumn 2020 we will contact all shorlisted delegates individually to assess everyone’s plans under current circumstances – aware that this process may still take several months to complete and that eventually some colleagues might not be able to attend anymore.
  • Should the number of delegates who can still make it to SRN2021 drop below 108, we will consider posting a second CfP (Round 2) with a new deadline TBD.