The submission link will open on Monday, September 29.
The submissions deadline is Monday, October 27, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time (CDT).
Eligible members are invited to submit ONE original critical essay, creative nonfiction, poetry collection, fiction, or drama/screenplay to be considered for presentation at the annual convention. Essays on any topic of interest in the discipline are welcome; essays on the works of our featured speakers are especially encouraged.
Eligible members are also invited to submit a second original work in any genre that focuses on the 2015 Common Reader, From Sand Creek by Simon Ortiz, to be considered for presentation at the annual convention. Read rules: What Individuals Can Submit.
While faculty members may not submit papers, they are encouraged to moderate roundtables and sessions.Paper submissions must conform to the following guidelines:
- Each member in good standing may submit only ONE work for consideration except when the second work submitted is on the Common Reader or Borderlands and Enchantments.
- Each work must be submitted separately.
- Submissions should not exceed word or time limits. Longer works and very short collections may be disqualified. Single poems that take less than 8 minutes to read will be disqualified.
- Prose submissions should not exceed 2,000 words and should take no longer than 15 minutes to read.
- Poetry submissions should take no fewer than 8 minutes and no more than 15 minutes to present. Poets should expect to present only those poems submitted for consideration.
- Prose or poetry submissions which require fewer than 8 minutes to present will be disqualified.
- Collections of flash fiction may be accepted provided the total length of the collection is 1,000-2,000 words. The collection should have a title, as well as titles for individual pieces within the collection.
All submissions, including poetry, require three keywords. Keywords may be short phrases (e.g., "loss of innocence") but cannot include punctuation. Each keyword must be separated by a comma. Do not use your first or last name as a keyword. The total three-keyword character count must not exceed 100 characters (including commas and spaces).
If your work is clearly connected to the convention theme ("Borderlands and Enchantments") and would, therefore, be eligible for an award on that theme, you must use the phrase "Borderlands and Enchantments" as one of your three keywords when you submit your paper.
- Acceptance is based on merit, and decisions of the judges are final. There will not be an opportunity for revision.
- Notification of acceptance will be sent on or before December 16, 2014, to the email address listed on the submission form.
- Authors must be present at the convention to read their own papers. Papers will not be read in the author's absence.
- Authors must be available to present anytime between Thursday, March 19 and Saturday, March 21. The only exception would be for students who are unable to present on a particular day for religious reasons. One of the submission questions will require authors to indicate all dates on which he or she is unable to present for religious reasons.
- Works accepted for paper presentation and presented at the convention will automatically be considered for the convention awards available in each category. Authors must present their works at the convention to be eligible for awards.
- Anglo-Saxon and Medieval British Literature
- 16th/17th Century British Literature
- Restoration and/or 18th Century British Literature
- Romanticism and/or Early 19th Century British Literature
- Victorian and/or Later 19th Century British Literature
- 20th/21st Century British Literature
- Colonial American Literature
- 19th Century American Literature
- 20th/21st Century American Literature
- World Literature
- Popular Culture
- Critical Theory
- Film and Media Study
- Teaching English Language/Literature; Practices/Pedagogy
- Young Adult Literature
- Graphic Novels and Memoirs
- Alternative Literature
- Southwest Literature and Authors
- Latino/Latina Literature and Authors
- Native American Literature and Authors
Common Reader From Sand Creek
Convention Theme Borderlands and Enchantments
NOTE: Contributors must not identify themselves in any way on any page of text submitted.
Prose (Critical Essays, Creative, Original Works)
- Documents should use Times New Roman font, 12-point, double-spaced, and 1 inch margins on all sides, and be free of typographical and grammatical errors. Essays must follow the Modern Language Association style guidelines as defined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (latest edition). Titles should be no more than four spaces down from the top and centered (avoid bold letters or underlining). Each work (maximum of two if one is on Common Reader) must be submitted as a Word document file (doc or docx).
- Prose manuscripts should not exceed 2,000 words, including in-text citations and footnotes but not counting the Works Cited.
- The submitted body of work (including any introductory comments necessary to contextualize the work) must be presentable within an 8 to 15-minute time slot.
- A poetry submission may consist of a collection of poems or one long poem but must take at least 8 minutes but no more than 15 minutes to present, including any introductory comments necessary to contextualize the work.
- A collection of poems must be contained in one Word document file (doc or docx). Create a new page for each poem within the Word document file, provide the title of your collection at the beginning of your document, and use the title of your collection as your file name.
- Formatting for poetry submissions should use a 12-point Times New Roman font and be free of typographical and grammatical errors. Titles for the individual poem(s) should be no more than four spaces down from the top; avoid bold letters or underlining.
- Flash fiction may be submitted in a collection that fits the submission guidelines of using a reading time of no fewer than 8 minutes and no more than 15 minutes, including any necessary introductory or contextual remarks. As with poetry collections, give a name to the collection that will serve as the title for the submission, and start each piece on a new page within the submission.
- To aid the fiction evaluators (judges) to recognize that the submission is a collection of separate short works, we suggest that you give a descriptive title. You may also put in a short introduction that makes it clear you are submitting a collection of flash fiction pieces. Also, be sure to use the phrase "flash fiction" as a keyword in the submission process.
Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions Confirmations and Acceptances
Submitters will receive confirmations and acceptances through email using the email address associated with their account. Therefore it is vital that submitters keep their email addresses active through March 2015.
Please check your confirmation and retain it. The confirmation is a do not reply email from email@example.com. It will include a five digit number that may be used as a reference in future communications with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance and Denial Notifications
Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed on or before December 17, 2014.