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Call for Papers

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Please refer to the
Intellect style guide before submitting your article to the journal editors. 

Aim and Scope 

The journal explores the nature of writing for the screen image; this includes not only writing for film and television but also computer games and animation. The journal highlights current academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates around the screenplay whilst encouraging groundbreaking research in an international arena. The journal is discursive, critical, rigorous and engages with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice.    

The journal explores a wide and diverse range of methodological approaches to include study of the history of the screenplay, textual analysis, the relationship of screenwriting to the production process and discussion of practice as research.  The focus will be on history, theory and practice.  

Call for Papers

The Journal of Screenwriting is a new peer reviewed publication which explores the nature of writing for the screen image in the broadest sense; this includes not only writing for film and television but also computer games and animation. The journal encompasses all aspects of academic and professional thinking about the screenplay and intends to promote, stimulate and bring together current research and contemporary debates in this area, an area which has previously been somewhat neglected in academic discourse.  The journal of screenwriting aims to help redress this imbalance whilst encouraging further research in an international arena.  The journal is discursive, critical and rigorous whilst engaging with issues in a dynamic and developing field, linking academic theory to screenwriting practice.   

The journal explores a wide and diverse range of methodological approaches which includes study of the history of the screenplay, textual analysis, the relationship of screenwriting to the production process and screenwriting practice as research. 

The journal invites contributions from researchers and screenwriters which discuss any aspect of the history, theory and practice of the screenplay. This may include articles concerned with film, television and computer games screenplays.

Articles should be between 4000 and 7000 words in length.

The range of possible articles is almost limitless and the following are suggestions rather than a definitive list:
  
•    Discussion of a particular screenplay
•    Discussion of a screenwriter
•    Character in the screenplay
•   Theories and methodologies which discuss the screenplay
•    The relationship between the film/television industry and screenwriting practice
•    Screenwriting practice in different nations/regions
•    Women screenwriters
•    Creativity versus craft
•    Archiving
•    History of aspects of the screenplay
•    Psychoanalysis and the screenplay
•    Genre and the screenplay
•    Writing for television
•    Writing for computer games

In the first instance please send a 250 word abstract which outlines your proposed article. This should be sent to either Jill Nelmes, Principal Editor, at j.nelmes@uel.ac.uk or Dr Ian Macdonald, Co-editor, at i.w.macdonald@leeds.co.uk.

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