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Asian Festival of Children’s Content


The Call for Papers for AFCC 2023 is now open.

We are inviting interested participants to submit programme proposals that fall under our three main programming tracks for consideration: 



Focusing on the creation and development of quality literary content, sharing of market trends and industry practices among creators and professionals in the literary industry. Programmes highlight and advocate literature for children and young adults from Asia, and around the world.



Focusing on early literacy development in young children, cultivating reading, supporting language and literacy development from early childhood, primary level, teens and young adults.



Focusing on storytelling, adaption of narratives across platforms, edu-tech and the development of digital content. Programmes look at addressing current trends and issues in the content market for children and young adults.


We are especially interested in receiving proposals that touch on the areas of focus (see section 2a.) and programmes conducted in Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

Participants may choose to craft their proposals in either of the two programming formats:

i)    A presentation (1-hour duration, inclusive of Q&A with audience)

ii)   A workshop (1.5 - 2-hour duration, inclusive of Q&A with audience)

Each participant may submit up to a maximum of two (2) programme proposals as part of their submission.




Preference will be given to programme proposals that discuss the following topics below and those that will be conducted in Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

Proposals should address how literature, books or stories for children and/or young adults are utilised, or play a role in the discourse of the below broad area topics. Applicants are free to explore sub-topics, or related topics to the below. 


  • Environment/Climate Change/Sustainability
    Fiction and creative nonfiction books that empower young readers to be agents of climate change activism. Examining how current discourses on climate change and awareness are depicted in books for children to young adults.


  • Asia and Southeast Asian (SEA) Writing  
    Stories that introduce new elements and/or settings within Southeast Asia to readers. Showcase of new/up-and-coming writers that present the diverse range of Asian and Southeast Asian stories and experiences, highlighting discourse of current social issues in the region.


  • Comics and Webtoons
    Understanding the industry and appeal of comics and webtoons for readers and creators; how does illustration style for comics and webtoons differ from illustrations in other mediums of books. What are the considerations in becoming a comics or webtoon creator?  


  • Illustration
    Differentiating the elements and purposes of illustration in children’s books to middle grade and Young Adult (YA) books. Understanding illustration principles, techniques including tips on building one’s portfolio and a career in book illustration.


  • Translation
    Exploring works for children that are translated into Languages Other Than English, translation of children’s books into ‘less popular’ languages and translation’s role in cultivating/encouraging language literacy in children.


  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Exploring the 17 SDGs and how children's literature have sought to highlight and address the different goals. 


  • Mother Tongue Language 
    What are the books/resources/activities that can spark interest in Mother Tongue language learning in children? How can we nurture bilingual competency in young children? 


Check out the previous AFCCs here to view the past sessions/presentations. 


To submit, please complete the AFCC 2023 Call for Paper online submission form by 16 October 2022 (23:59, GMT+8).

The online submission form can be accessed here: 

The organisers reserve the right to reject any applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines.


All submissions will undergo an assessment by a committee from the appropriate programming track. The committee will select the papers based on their assessment of the proposal content and its relevance to the festival.

Applicants will be notified of their submission status in November 2022.


Successful applicants will receive a complimentary full Festival pass, which includes admission to conference sessions during the event and VOD access to digital sessions post-event. The Festival Pass excludes admission to separately ticketed events (e.g. Masterclasses).

Please note that applicants selected through the Call for Papers will not receive a speaker’s honorarium. Travel and accommodation (if applicable and required) for overseas applicants will not be covered by AFCC. 

Successful applicants will be asked to submit a draft of their full presentation, including the talking points and PowerPoint presentation file at least one (1) month prior to the start of AFCC. Applicants are encouraged to include interactive elements in their presentation, and to prepare handouts for attendees.

Please note that the organisers may use applicants’ paper in parts or in full for marketing and publicity purposes for AFCC, either in printed or online versions.


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