Submissions Overview


Please read and follow the submission guidelines carefully. With a large number of submissions—over 850 paper and roundtable submissions for the 2017 Convention—in a limited amount of time, Convention Chair Lexey Bartlett and the convention planners will 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 Monday, September 25 through Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:00 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. A second submission is only allowed if it is related to the 2018 Common Reader The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.

For the submission process, the term “Papers” refers to all written works being submitted for presentation at the 2018 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 Monday, December 18, 2017.

To prepare and submit your paper go to:


The Convention Chair invites submissions on a wide range of topics. See Roundtable Submissions page for general listing of suggested areas, although 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 2018 Convention Theme “Seeking Freedom” or the 2018 Common Reader The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to submitters on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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


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 on January 4, 2018.


Email 2018 convention staff at [email protected] with questions.