Submissions Overview


Please read the following submission guidelines and follow them carefully. A very large number of submissions have to be judged in a limited amount of time. Last year’s convention committee received over 800 paper and panel submissions. The guidelines ensure that each member’s submission is given careful attention by the appropriate judges. Faithful attention to the details of the submission process will increase the likelihood of your paper’s acceptance.

Submissions will be read and evaluated by Convention Co-Chairs Felicia Jean Steele and Diane Steinberg, Roundtable Chairs Beth DeMeo and Sid Watson, and a select group of judges.

Submissions Deadline

The submission deadline has passed.

Who Can Submit

Eligible members are

The only exception is roundtable proposals, which may also be submitted by faculty members.

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

What Individuals Can Submit


Eligible members may submit ONLY one paper for presentation. The only exception is that authors may also submit a second work on the 2016 Common Reader, The Soul Thief, by Charles Baxter.

For the submission process, the term PAPERS refers to all written works being submitted for presentation at the 2016 Convention including critical essays, creative nonfiction, poetry collections, fiction, and drama.

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 16, 2015.

To prepare and submit your paper go to:


The Convention Chairs are seeking submissions based on a list of topics. 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 active discussion. Competition for the number of roundtable slots available will be lively. Among equally persuasive proposals, the Convention Chairs will give priority to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the 2016 Convention Theme, “Finding Home,” or the Common Reader, The Soul Thief, by Charles Baxter.

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to the submitter on Monday, November 16, 2015.

To prepare and submit your roundtable go to:

Convention Registration

Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and roundtable participants, must register for the convention. See convention registration for early bird presenter discount and other details.


Email 2016 Convention Chairs, Felicia Jean Steele and Diane Steinberg at [email protected].