Submissions Overview


Please read and follow the submission guidelines carefully. With a large number of submissions–over 800 paper and panel submissions for the 2016 Convention–in a limited amount of time, Convention Chair Shannin Schroeder and the convention planners use the guidelines to ensure that each member’s work is given careful attention by the appropriate judges. Faithful attention to the details of the process will increase the likelihood of your submission’s acceptance.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted through Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Who Can Submit

Eligible members are

Roundtable proposals are the only works that may be submitted by faculty members.

Due to software limitations, pen names cannot be accommodated. Submitters must use the names associated with their membership.

What Individuals Can Submit

Eligible members may submit


Eligible members may submit only one paper for presentation. The only exception is a second submission if related to the 2017 Common Reader Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman.

For the submission process, the term “Papers” refers to all written works being submitted for presentation at the 2017 Convention, including critical essays, creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.

Papers receiving high evaluations will be considered for convention awards. Although evaluation is based on the paper as submitted, only those works presented at the convention are eligible to receive awards.

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

To prepare and submit your paper go to:


The Convention Chair invites submissions based on the following list of topics, though submitters may also choose a topic of their own.

Roundtables are designed to promote discussion and exploration of a selected topic, with roundtable members and the audience participating in scholarly and active discussion. Competition for the roundtable slots available will be lively. Among equally persuasive proposals, the convention judges will give priority to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the 2017 Convention Theme “Recreation” or the Common Reader Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman.

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to submitters on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

For more information about preparing your roundtable, go to Roundtable Submission Guidelines.

Submission Link

Convention submissions are now managed by event management software. You will be required to create a new account. Be sure to set up your account with an email address you will retain through April 2017.

Submission link for critical essays, creative works, and roundtable proposals.

Convention Registration

Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and roundtable participants, must register for the convention. Convention registration will open for an early bird presenter discount January 3, 2017.


Email 2017 Convention Chair Shannin Schroeder at with questions.