Call for Papers

Narrative and Hypertext 2022

Workshop on narrative systems

To be held in conjunction with Hypertext 2022, Barcelona

The Narrative and Hypertext workshop (NHT) 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 10th iteration of one of the longest running and most successful workshop series at ACM Hypertext.

In 2020, NHTs sister workshop, Authoring for Interactive Storytelling (AIS), kickstarted work on a new edited volume focused on the Authoring Problem for interactive digital narratives, this is now in production, and this year NHT22 invites open contributions related to the topics within the book, these are concerned with the technical and craft difficulties of writing complex interactive texts, and designing and building the software to support that process. The areas and topics are:

Authors and Processes

  • The process of HT authoring
  • The history of HT authoring
  • The authoring burden
  • Pedagogy of HT authoring
  • The publishing problem


  • Actions in HT
  • Narrative Interactive Design
  • Replay
  • Patterns of HT
  • Mapping and Visualisations


  • Emergent Narratives
  • Locative Narrative and Games
  • Game Mechanics as Narrative
  • Intelligent Narrative Technologies

Research Issues

  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • The Evaluation Problem
  • Analysis of Emergent Narratives
  • Ethical Dimensions in HT authoring

Researchers and practitioners working with hypertext or narrative are invited to attend. Participants are asked to submit a short (between 2 and 5 pages) position paper on their current work. Please use the two column ‘ACM Primary Article Template’ for your submission. Papers should be emailed directly to the organisers before the deadline (AoE time). Authors of papers selected for presentation will be informed 2 weeks after the submission deadline. All of the position papers of participants will be made available on the workshop website.

The planned event is a half day virtual workshop with sessions based around short presentations of the paper submissions from attendees, with emphasis on Q&A and discussion.

Important Dates:

  • 6th May13th May: Paper Submissions Due
  • 20th May27th May: Notification of acceptance
  • 3rd June: Camera ready papers due
  • 28th June: Workshop


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

Charlie Hargood:

David Millard: