Fiction, Poetry Contest: Summer Literary Seminar


The SLS-2017 fiction/poetry contest is now open to submissions. 

Entry fee: $17

Deadline: 28 February.

Click here to submit.

SLS, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (July 9th-22nd, 2017) and Kenya (December 2017), and in conjunction with our partner, Fence Magazine, is excited to announce its 2017 literary contest.

The first-place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expense paid, one of our innovative 2017 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in Fence Magazine. Each prize includes airfare, tuition, and housing.

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice; third-place winners will receive a 50 percent tuition discount. A number of fellowships additionally will be offered to contest participants based on the quality of their submissions.

Submit up to three poems of 10 pages or a story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages (double spaced) . Multiple entires are permitted, provided each is accompanied by a separate reading fee. Submitted work must be unpublished (unless it has been published on a personal website or social networks).


Boldface Conference for Undergraduate and Emerging Writers Welcomes Applications

Undergrads, see below for information on what looks to be an excellent conference sponsored by University of Houston (which has a history of robust literary presence/programming) and Glass Mountain, the UH undergraduate literary journal.

Early bird registration ends March 23rd.

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Undergraduate Conference at St. Francis College Now Accepting Papers (deadline 1/1/2015)


Call for Papers

Attention: All undergraduate writers and English majors!
The University of St. Francis is now accepting scholarly papers from undergraduate students for our 24th Annual English Language and Literature Conference. This event is open to all undergraduate students.

We are calling for any paper related to English language, literature, film, critical theory, or creative writing. Please note that we can only accept one paper per applicant. If your paper is accepted, you will present it to fellow students from all around the country.

Please submit complete papers to Papers should be between 6-8 pages long.

The deadline is January 1st, 2015.

The conference will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2015.

The $25 registration fee includes coffee and refreshments all day long, and a shuttle service to and from area hotels. We regret that we do not have additional funding for transportation and accommodations. The conference lunch with our keynote speaker will be $20. On-line Registration for the conference will open in mid-January on our conference website, which will also contain information about local accommodations. On-line registration will close two weeks before the conference.

The ELL conference is an exciting, fun, and beneficial event not to be missed by anyone interested in literature, culture, theater, and the lively discussion of important ideas. A special bonus is that a conference presentation looks especially good on graduate school applications and resumes!

Please send any and all inquiries to Follow us on Twitter @ELLUSF

The University of St. Francis is located in Joliet, Illinois.

Call for Undergraduate Papers: GENDER & CHILDHOOD (Proposal Deadline 10/15/14)


“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood”

A Gender Studies Conference at the University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
December 4-6, 2014

In recent years, there has been great interest in questions of gender and childhood, ranging from issues around boys wearing princess costumes to school; to Disney princess culture; to parents refusing to announce a baby’s biological sex; to pre-teen children coming out as gay, lesbian, and queer; to toy companies marketing toys by gender; to gender-related bullying, and more.

Students are invited to submit proposals to participate in this conference. Students will be expected to present a fifteen-minute talk and filed questions about their paper.

Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, your year, and the origin of the paper (i.e the course you wrote it for and your teacher).

Please indicate any technology needs, such as powerpoint or DVD.

Proposals are due by October 15, 2014. Send proposals to Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood” at

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