Call for Papers

Narrative and Hypertext 2019

Workshop on narrative systems

To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2019, Hof

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum to bring together individuals from the humanities and technological communities to share work and discuss state-of-the-art research on narrative from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. This is the 8th iteration of one of the longest running and most successful workshop series at ACM Hypertext.

This year's workshop will principally build upon these previous successes, and aims to continue to consolidate this community by providing an open interdisciplinary forum of discussion on key issues facing the field.

Narrative is a prevalent form of information common in our entertainment and communications, and key to our understanding of the world and its events. By building better models of narrative along with methods for generation, adaption, and presentation we enable narrative systems to become more effective but also improve our understanding of narrative structures.

There is a growing community of researchers working on narrative systems, hypertext narratives, and machine readable narrative models, for which this workshop seeks to act as a hub to review advances and to discuss what the field might achieve in the coming year.

The hypertext conference has a history of publishing work related to narrative research ranging from explorations of criticism and the creation of digital narrative to authoring hypertext fiction and semantic narrative systems. This workshop aims to support this work by providing an open interdisciplinary forum of discussion on key issues facing the field.

The event is a full day workshop with planned sessions based around presentations of short paper submissions from attendees. As well as the planned sessions we plan to have some serendipitous sessions allowing for free discussion on topics of interest to those attending much like what is seen in 'unconference' events. Topics of interest for these sessions will be polled from the participants during coffee breaks at the beginning of the day and over lunch. The workshop will also collaborate with the Hypertext '19 creative track to host time to discuss the creative works of hypertext narrative within the main conference. Areas of discussion and relevant topics for the workshop include:

  • Models of Narrative
  • Systems for the Presentation of Narratives
  • Adaptive and Personalised Narratives
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Narrative Generation
  • Narrative as a method of Knowledge Capture
  • Social Media as Narrative
  • Narrative as a lens on identity
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Authorial support systems
  • e-Literature
  • Strange Hypertext
  • Interaction and Narrative
  • Location Aware Narrative
  • Literary Games
  • Digital Journalism and Citizen/Collaborative News
  • Transmedia
  • Mixed Reality Storytelling
  • The experience of writing Hypertext
  • New Media Aesthetics
  • AI in interactive fiction


Researchers and practitioners working with hypertext or narrative are invited to attend this workshop. Participants are asked to submit a short (between 2 and 5 pages ACM format) position paper on their current work. Authors of papers selected for presentation will be informed 4 weeks after the submission deadline. All the position papers of participants will be made available on the workshop website.


As with last year the workshop will be split into planned and serendipitous sessions. The planned sessions will comprise of presentations of work from those with selected submitted papers with time for questions and discussion after each. Furthermore this year we also plan to connect with the ACM Hypertext Creative Track to hold discussions on selected works of Hypertext Narrative from that Track.

Submission Details

Papers should be in ACM format, be between 2 and 5 pages long and submitted as a PDF. The papers should be emailed no later than midnight GMT 17th June24th June 2019 to Charlie Hargood at Submitted papers will be refereed and notification of acceptance sent out 3 weeks later. Accepted papers will be published and made available through both the workshop online. The author will have time to prepare camera ready papers for submission after acceptance.

Important Dates:

  • 17th June24th June: Paper Submissions Due
  • 8th July: Notification of acceptance
  • 12th July: Camera ready papers due
  • 17th September: Workshop


you have any questions please feel free to contact the organisers:

Charlie Hargood:

David Millard:

Mark Bernstein: