Call for papers

This year, the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) will take place in Singapore at the National University of Singapore, marking the conference's first venture to Asia. The keynote speakers for the conference will be Bruce Nesmith (Design Director, Bethesda Game Studios), Emily Short (author of over a dozen works of interactive fiction, including Galatea and Alabaster; involved in development of Versu and Inform 7) and William Uricchio (Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT; Principal Investigator, MIT Open Documentary Lab and MIT Game Lab). In conjunction with the academic conference, we will be holding an art exhibition at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

ICIDS is the premier venue for researchers, practitioners and theorists to present recent results, share novel techniques and insights, and exchange ideas about this new storytelling medium. Interactive digital storytelling is an exciting area in which narrative, computer science and art converge to create new expressive forms. The combination of narrative and computation has considerable untapped potential, ranging from artistic projects to interactive documentaries, from assistive technologies and intelligent agents to serious games, education and entertainment.

The ICIDS conference series has a long-standing tradition of bringing together theoretical and practical approaches in an interdisciplinary dialogue. We encourage contributions from a range of fields related to interactive storytelling, including computer science, human-computer interaction, game design, media production, semiotics, game studies, narratology, media studies, digital humanities and interactive arts criticism.

We particularly welcome research on topics in the following four areas:

  1. Theoretical Foundations
    • Theories and Aesthetics of Interactive Storytelling
    • Current and Future Usage Scenarios

  2. Technical Advances
    • Story/World Generation and Experience Management
    • Virtual Characters and Virtual Humans
    • Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems
    • Semantic Knowledge Representation and Reasoning about Stories
    • Natural Language Generation and Understanding
    • User Modelling and Narrative User Interfaces
    • Authoring Modes and Tools for Interactive Digital Storytelling

  3. Practical Applications
    • Collaborative Storytelling Environments and Multi-User Systems
    • Social, Ubiquitous and Mobile Storytelling
    • Interactive Narratives in Digital Games
    • Interactive Cinema and Television
    • Interactive Non-fiction and Interactive Documentaries
    • Interactive Narratives in E-learning, Training and Edutainment

  4. Retrospective Analyses
    • Evaluation and User Experience Reports
    • Critical Close Readings of Creative Works
    • Case Studies, Post-mortems and Best Practices


The review process for ICIDS will be double blind. Authors should remove all identifying information from their submissions. If you are uncertain as to how to anonymize your submission, the following guidelines are worth looking at:

All submissions must follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science format, available at:

Papers must be written in English, and only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review.

The submission categories accepted are:

  • Full papers (10-12 pages in the main proceedings) describing interesting, novel results or completed work in all areas of interactive digital storytelling and its applications.
  • Short papers (6-8 pages in the main proceedings) presenting exciting preliminary work or novel, thought-provoking ideas that are in their early stages.
  • Demonstrations and posters (2-4 pages in the backmatter of the proceedings) describing working, presentable systems or brief explanations of a research project.

Submissions that receive high ratings in the peer review process will be selected for publication by the program committee as Springer LNCS conference proceedings. For the final print-ready version, the submission of source files (Microsoft Word/LaTeX, TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form will be required.

All submissions will be processed using the Springer Online Conference System (OCS). Authors are advised to register a new account well in advance of the paper submission deadline:

Important Dates

  • Extended deadline: June 20, 2014 Submission deadline for papers, posters and demonstrations. The precise deadline is 11:59PM on June 20, 2014, Hawaii Standard Time. Authors are strongly advised to upload their submissions well in advance of this deadline.
  • July 30, 2014 Accept/reject notifications sent to authors.
  • August 18, 2014 Camera-ready copy due.
  • November 3-6, 2014 ICIDS Conference Dates.


Calls for Participation

Important Dates

  • November 2-5, 2014: ICIDS Art Exhibition.
  • November 3-6, 2014: ICIDS Conference.