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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Fifth Annual English Spring Conference Call for Papers

The deadline for submitting an entire work to the Fifth Annual English Spring Conference has been pushed back to April 11th.  If your work is accepted, you will be asked to present your paper at the conference to your peers and the DePaul faculty. There will be a Q & A session after each panel. Undergraduates and graduates are both welcome. Submissions are open to fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, and more. Submissions should be no more than 15 minutes when read aloud (which is about 8-10 pages of prose).  If you performed particularly well on a piece last quarter, please consider submitting.

Prof. Shanahan and your Graduate Assistants Josh and Lauren will be reviewing the submissions.  You can submit from Ex Libris or by emailing Prof. Shanahan  at  You can access the submission form at

Friday, May 9th, 2013 • Arts & Letters Hall 2315 N. Kenmore Ave

Call for Papers Due April 11th, 2014

Submit your paper to Butler University’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference!

Why let your best paper gather dust in that old desk drawer when you can share your ideas and insights with the world?

butler-university-signUndergraduates studying a wide variety of disciplines — 25 academic areas, to be exact — are invited to submit their best work to the 2014 Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, set to take place on Friday, April 11 in lovely Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler’s 26th annual conference will feature the slogan “cultivating intellectual growth” and will take place on Butler’s cutting-edge campus.

Oral presentations, poster presentations, and visual arts presentations are welcome. See the Presentation Formats page for more information and specific submission requirements.

Paper proposals will be accepted via the online submission system until February 12. For more information visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact conference coordinator Cathy Holland at today.

Check Out This New Undergraduate Conference Opportunity

file2431249302317The University of St. Francis in nearby Joliet, Illinois, is now accepting submissions for its 23rd annual Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature, which will be held on March 15, 2014.

Interested undergraduate students are being asked to submit their best scholarly papers on any topic related to English language, literature, film, critical theory, or creative writing. Submissions are limited to one paper per student.

If you have any questions regarding the conference or would like to submit your work for consideration, please email to The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2013. 


Conference Opportunity and Upcoming Author Reading

Streamlines%2013-page-0The Streamlines Undergraduate Language, Literature, and Writing Conference will be celebrating its sixth year on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the University of Dubuque in lovely Dubuque, Iowa. Sponsoring schools Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque are encouraging interested undergraduate students to submit their best work for presentations and panel discussions.

Students are asked to submit 300-word abstracts of their papers or 1.5- to 2 page outlines of their panel presentations in literary criticism (in English or Spanish) or creative writing. A list of suggested topics is included on the conference flyer. Please note that papers longer than 7 pages will not be accepted, and students are limited to three submissions.

Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander will be presenting the conference’s keynote address, and accepted panelists can plan on arriving in Dubuque the night before the conference for a fun poetry event.

Hotel rooms have been reserved by the conference organizers at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Dubuque. To reserve a room at the special conference discount rate of $79 per night, make sure to mention Streamlines when booking your stay.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 16 by 5:00 p.m. Please use this online submissions system to submit your materials.


And finally, acclaimed author Jane Hamilton will be stopping by DePaul on Friday, October 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a lecture and reading.

Hamilton is the author of best-selling works such as The Book of Ruth, A Map of the Worldand The Short History of a Prince, among others. This exciting event is set to take place in the Student Center Room 120.

For those interested in a small group book discussion following Hamilton’s reading, please contact the DePaul Honors Program at (773) 325-7302.

Publishing Opportunities: November & December Deadlines

Want to have your work published? There are ample opportunities to get your work out there!
Submission deadlines are fast approaching…don’t miss out. 

The Allegheny Review 
Deadline: November 26, 2012
Submissions are only accepted by undergraduate students. A $5 entry fee covers a one-year subscription and eligibility for our prose and poetry awards. Winners receive a $250 prize and publication in our journal. Pieces submitted as regular submissions without the entry fee are eligible for publication, but they will not be considered for our annual awards. If you are submitting work from more than one genre, please send each submission separately with a separate entry fee.
For more information:

Glass Mountain Magazine Contest
Deadline for Fall Issue: November 22, 2012
Deadline for Contest: December 25,
GMM accepts submissions from undergraduate students at any U.S. college or university. There are no limits on page length. Also, GMM accepts a variety of writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and more. For more information:

University of Saint Francis: Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature
Deadline: December 15, 2012
Submit complete papers or abstracts on any topic in literary studies, including comparative literature, literature in translation, and creative writing. Papers and readings are limited to 20 minutes (8-12 pages).
For more information:

Agora Journal for Undergraduate Scholarly Papers
Deadline: December 15, 2012

The Agora Journal “welcomes papers of provide an original interpretation of texts, and/or challenge conventionally held views, assumptions, biases, or cultural practices. These papers may cross boundaries, juxtapose perspectives, test categories, strike new relationships, or question inherited knowledge(s).”
Paper length can be from 500 to 5,000 words.
For more information:

English Studies at Large
Deadline: December 17, 2012
The third annual English Studies at Large (ESAL) Conference invites undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute presentations in individual or panel form. Individual proposals should include a first page with your name, school affiliation, title of your presentation, technology needs, a brief (100 word) biography, and a contact e-mail address and a second page with a 250-word abstract of your proposed presentation with no identifying information.
For more information:

English Studies at Large

Information from 2013 ESAL Conference PDF:

Call for Papers:
“The novel” in English Studies
New or novel ideas have influenced all facets of English Studies. Over time, these ideas have sparked movements, changed the direction of research in the field, and—sometimes—simply been forgotten. From the genre of the novel and its developments in literary studies to the process movement in composition and from the development of cultural studies to the coining of new words, the areas of English Studies—literature and culture, rhetoric and composition, and language and linguistics—have all been influenced by novel ideas over time.

The third annual English Studies at Large (ESAL) Conference invites undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute presentations in individual or panel form. Individual proposals should include a first page with your name, school affiliation, title of your presentation, technology needs, a brief (100 word) biography, and a contact e-mail address and a second page with a 250-word abstract of your proposed presentation with no identifying information. Panel proposals should include a title for the panel and presenter information for three presenters on the first page and abstracts for each presenter without identifying information on successive pages.

Proposals should be electronically submitted via e-mail to The deadline for proposal submission is December 17, 2012.

The 2013 ESAL Conference will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Megan Gregory at or Gretchen Frank at or visit the conference website at

Co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the Illinois State University English Department.


2012 EGSA Conference Proceedings

2012 EGSA Conference,

A Note From the 2012 EGSA Committee:

The EGSA conference proceedings are up, and we would like to thank the presenters, the keynote speaker, Mahmoud Saeed, our photographer, Ryan Jones, and  faculty advisers, John Shanahan and Craig Sirles. 

Congratulations to all forty-three of our presenters at this year’s conference and to the twelve undergraduate and graduate students featured in the proceedings.

We hope you enjoy the proceedings and photos from the conference!


Spread the WoRD Conference: Call for Papers

The WRD program puts on an annual graduate student conference in early May. They are also looking for exceptional undergraduate papers and presenters. If you’re interested, check out the official flyer for the event.

Deadline for submission: April 18, 2012 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • urban literacy
  • political rhetoric
  • technical communication
  • new media studies
  • teaching writing
  • digital literacy
  • style in writing
  • second language learning
  • editing and publishing
  • genre analysis
  • writing center pedagogy
  • multimodality
  • classical rhetoric