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The International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) is the premier conference for researchers and practitioners concerned with studying digital interactive forms of narrative from a variety of perspectives, including the theoretical, technological, and applied design practices. The annual conference is an interdisciplinary gathering that combines technology-focused approaches with humanities-inspired theoretical inquiry, empirical research and artistic expression.

ICIDS 2019 was held at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT, USA from November 19 to 22, 2019.

ICIDS 2019 included invited speakers, research and practitioner presentations, art exhibits, workshops, tutorials, and a doctoral consortium. This year’s conference featured a special theme of “Design Foundations, Innovations, and Practices.” In addition to topics covered by previous iterations of ICIDS, the conference program featured topic areas that focus on principles of design, advancements in the design lifecycle, and design process case studies for interactive storytelling.


Paper and Poster Submission July 12, 2019 July 19, 2019
Doctoral Consortium Submission deadline August 1, 2019 August 16, 2019
Workshop proposal submission deadline August 12, 2019
Workshop proposal notifications sent out August 19, 2019
Initial Notification to Authors August 23, 2019
Notification of acceptance for DC August 27, 2019
Demos Submission Deadline August 28, 2019
Author rebuttals August 30, 2019
Final Notifications to Authors September 6, 2019
Camera-Ready Copy for Papers and DC September 13, 2019
Early Registration Deadline October 1, 2019 October 8, 2019
Artwork Submission deadline September 15, 2019 October 13, 2019
Artist notified (via email) September 24, 2019 October 16, 2019
Accepted artist, respond with agreement September 29, 2019 October 19, 2019
Shipped work must arrive November 15, 2019
Installation of Artwork by organizers November 19, 2019
Opening Night November 20, 2019
Closing of Art Exhibition November 22, 2019
Artwork returned to artist November 25, 2019



Best Full Paper 
A Spectrum of Audience Interactivity for Entertainment Domains
by Alina Striner, Sasha Azad and Chris Martens (Theoretical Foundations)

Best Short Paper
"Well, That was Quick" -- Towards Storyworld Adaptivity That Reacts To Players as Peopleby Bjarke Alexander Larsen and Henrik Schoenau-Fog (Theoretical Foundations)

Best Poster Paper 
Using Ink and Interactive Fiction to Teach Interactive Design
by Kenton Howard and Rachel Donley (Interactive Digital Narrative Practices and Applications)

Each award included a cash award provided by ICIDS conference sponsor and publisher Springer.