2017 Spring English Conference Call for Submissions


We are excited to announce DePaul’s 8th Annual Spring English Conference, to be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. We are now accepting submissions of both creative and academic writing and we encourage you to submit your work!

The conference will be held in Arts & Letters Hall, and will include several unique panels of student presentations, a dynamic keynote speaker, a reception and refreshments. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you’ve been working on, celebrate ideas, and support your peers (plus, it looks great on a resume!).

The submission deadline is March 31st. Please review the guidelines before sending your submissions. If you have any questions, contact the conference organizers at englishconference.dpu@gmail. com. We look forward to reading your work!

Deadline Extended for Campus 1871


The deadline for applications to Campus 1871 has been extended to this Friday, February 10.

The weekend-long event takes place from March 31- April 2 and will be attended by universities across the Illinois and the Chicagoland area. At Campus 1871 you and a team will pitch and then develop a unique idea for a business startup that can solve one the many pressing questions of today. The weekend will include Startup 101 crash courses, keynote speakers, mentorship, pitches, and a grand prize for the winning team.

Find out more on the video below, and apply online! Applicants should also inform DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at CEC@depaul.edu.

Located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, 1871 is home to more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups and is dedicated to supporting Chicago’s startup community. Find out other events, workshops, and opportunities offered by 1871 on their website.

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 ell@stfrancis.edu. 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 ell@stfrancis.edu. Follow us on Twitter @ELLUSF

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