The Hand Eye Society has put out a call for submissions for speakers and to showcase a game at Wordplay 2019!

WordPlay is a free one-day festival presented by the Hand Eye Society celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. The festival coincides with the last day of International Games Day @ Your Library Week. Now in our seventh year, we will once again host a curated game showcase, talks by creators about their craft, and ways for the public to try their hand at making games. This year, we are supported by the following organizations:

Believe it or not, the WordPlay Festival is coming up again fast. And we’re already hatching some exciting plans for the 7th year of the festival that celebrates the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games.

This year we’ll be expanding our festival from one day to TWO full days of programming. Saturday will be focused on workshops and other interactive pursuits, while Sunday will feature our fabulous line-up of speakers. The ever popular game showcase arcade will be running for both days, to give everyone a chance to get their fill of all the games.

We’re thrilled with the new format and we hope that you will be too. But all of that great programming isn’t going to happen by itself. This is where you come in…


Firstly, we’re opening up the submissions for speakers. We want you to submit your talk, panel, workshop, round-table, whatever-you-want-to-call-it. If it deals with the subject of interactive fiction and writing in contemporary games, it’ll be right up our alley. We want to hear about new and innovative ways to combine storytelling, digital media, interactivity, and the craft of writing into potent new forms of creative expression. What experiments are being conducted to change the face of interactive fiction? In what ways are the boundaries being pushed? We want to know!

Interested? Take a look at our WordPlay page at to see what presentations we’ve put on for past WordPlay festivals. Then check out our Speaker Proposal Form below and submit your idea! Don’t delay, the form is only active until September 1, 2019.

Artist fees of $80 CAD will be paid for 1-hour talks and workshops. Limited travel assistance may be provided for international speakers, depending on proposals and available funding (max $500).

Submit your proposal here.


Would you like to submit or suggest a showcase game? What we’re looking for are games with exceptional writing or one that uses writing in an integral way. Please do so via the form below before midnight on August 11, 2019. You can submit your own game, or a game you feel strongly about. No submission fee, Toronto-made, Canadian, and international games are all welcome. We will be selecting between 20-25 games from everything entered through the Game Submission Form below. Game creators with games accepted into the showcase will receive an artist fee of $80 CAD.

Submit your game to showcase here.

Wordplay details:

When: Sat. Nov. 9th & Sun. Nov 10th, 2019
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (Bloor-Yonge subway)

Deadline to submit: Sept.1, 2019

More information here.