Call for Papers: The Soundtrack 'Screenwriting, Sound and Music'

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Call for Papers
April 15, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Music and Music History


Call for Papers: The Soundtrack


Special Issue: 'Screenwriting, Sound and Music'


Guest Editors: Pascal Rudolph and Claus Tieber


Abstract deadline: 15 April 2023


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Sound and music can be found in screenplays throughout cinema history. The editors of this special issue invite papers that illustrate how knowledge as well as creative inspiration can be gained by using screenplays as research objects in film music and sound studies.


This Special Issue will deal with the many connections between screenwriting and sound/music on theoretical, methodological and historical levels. We are seeking articles that might cover the following themes (but are not restricted to them):


  • typologies of music/sounds in screenplays;
  • innovative ways of writing the soundtrack in screenplays beyond the Hollywood model;
  • terminology, definitions and historical screenwriting for sound films;
  • the screenwriter as musical advisor;
  • screenwriting film musicals and musical numbers;
  • screenwriting music videos;
  • sound and narration in screenplays;
  • screenwriting biopics of musicians;
  • historical case studies of screenwriting sound and music;
  • sound, music and screenplay format;
  • historical and recent collaborations between screenwriters and sound designers, composers, etc.;
  • screenwriting and sound design;
  • screenwriting music and sound for video games.




To be considered for this Special Issue, please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief bio to and by 15 April 2023.


If your abstract is accepted, we expect to receive the full article (min. 5000, max. 7.000 words) by 31 July 2023. The issue will be published in autumn/winter 2023.


The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed journal that brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media, including television, games and installations. See the journal site for further information:


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Guest Editors: Pascal Rudolph and Claus Tieber