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All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.
Special issue: ‘Screenwriting and Animation’
Guest editors: Paul Wells (Loughborough University, UK) and Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
The Journal of Screenwriting is dedicating a special edition to the particular practices of scriptwriting, storyboarding, devising and pre-production in Animation and its related moving image practices.
These may include both analogue and digital approaches to text formation and construction, but should formally reference and acknowledge their particular condition as an animated film, TV episode, visual effect, interstitial, commercial, documentary insert or text, game, application, etc.
The editors are seeking a range of approaches to this topic, and would particularly welcome contributions from the following:
·      Screenwriters / Practitioners addressing the particularities of writing for animation.
·      Screenwriters / Practitioners deconstructing and analysing their own scripts / storyboards / pre-production materials,
·      Screenwriters / Practitioners engaging with pertinent approaches to writing for various platforms, different contexts of broadcasting and exhibition, and for a range of techniques.
The editors are also seeking:
·      Analyses of Animation Screenplays / Storyboards
·      Analyses of Screenwriting Theory pertinent to Animation
·      Analyses of Animation Production Methods and Processes
·      Analyses of Animation Auteurs and Screenwriters
·      Analyses of Animation Genres
These are merely guidelines and areas of enquiry, and all suggestions for approaches to this topic are welcome and can be discussed informally with the editors.
All articles will include a 250-word abstract, short biography and keywords, and should be sent to the co-editors of this issue, Paul Wells ( and Chris Pallant (

Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length, including notes and references. Information for contributors about format is published at the end of each issue of the Journal and at All submitted articles should conform to the house style.


Special issue: ‘Script Development’
Guest editors: Craig Batty, Louise Sawtell and Stayci Taylor (RMIT University, Australia), and Bridget Conor (King’s College London, UK).
Script development is a crucial creative process in the production of a screen work. It is a creative, commercial and social practice in which ideas, emotions, people and personalities combine, cohere, clash and are contested by the practicalities, policies and rapid movements of the screen industry. It is also an activity usually controlled by hierarchical and financial powers, yet experienced by individual practitioners and groups who are simply trying to tell their stories to an outside world.
With the rise of new forms of digital technology, new kinds of script development are also being facilitated – online, for new and networked platforms, and for transmedia story worlds. While these practices are increasingly available to a broader spectrum of practitioner than historically, they are nevertheless convoluted and difficult to track and trace.
This special issue of the Journal of Screenwriting is dedicated to the topic of script development, which given its prominence in the production of a screen work, has been surprisingly neglected from the literature, both scholarly and practice-based. We seek scholarly articles for this special issue that begin to define the terrain of script development, and that offer rich and detailed accounts of how it is practiced, experienced and/or made possible through policy. The special issue seeks to bring together international perspectives on the topic of script development, from both experienced scholars and new researchers. In the first instance interested contributors should e-mail an abstract, after which a process of selection will take place.
THOSE PROPOSING AN ARTICLE FOR THIS ISSUE SHOULD SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT IN THE FIRST INSTANCE. Please send abstracts (250 words), with an accompanying bio (100 words), to Craig Batty (
Abstracts – 1st November2016
Draft papers (for accepted proposals) – February 2017
Final papers – August 2017
Publication – November 2017
Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length, including notes and references. Information regarding formatting is published at the end of each issue of the journal and at All submitted articles should conform to the house style.


Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.


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