CALL FOR PAPERS: DePaul English Department Spring Conference


The DePaul English department invites you to participate in our sixth annual student-run conference. The spring English conference will be held on the afternoon of Friday, May 8, 2015, in Arts & Letters Hall. To make this conference a success, we need YOU, DePaul undergraduate and graduate students, to submit your original works of:


Creative Nonfiction


Literary Analysis

Pedagogical and Literary Theory

Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices

The DePaul English conference is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work in front of a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. If you have never publicly read your work before, consider this student-run conference. We look forward to making it a rewarding event for everyone involved!


1. Submit 300- to 500-word abstracts OR complete papers (complete papers are preferred, but abstracts are fine, too) for up to two works total: ONE creative piece and ONE work of literary study.

2. All submitted work, both creative and academic, should be 15–20 minutes when read aloud (approximately eight to ten double-spaced pages).

3. Please attach submissions as separate Word or .pdf files within the same email. All submissions must be emailed to with the subject heading “Spring Conference Submission.”

4. Do NOT put your name or any identifying information anywhere on the submission(s). Instead, enclose a cover sheet with your submissions. The cover sheet should include the following information.




Academic program:

Phone Number:


5. If your submission is selected for the Spring Conference, you must be available to present it on the afternoon of Friday, May 8, 2015 at Arts & Letters Hall, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave.

Works accepted for the conference will be grouped into panels according to genre and/or theme, and a 15-minute Q&A session will conclude each panel. All works submitted must be original, and we encourage writers to submit recent work. In the spirit of academic fellowship, we encourage participants to stay for the duration of the conference and to celebrate at the reception following. The day will conclude with a keynote address.


Please send submissions or inquiries to:

Madison Journal of Literary Criticism Seeking Undergraduate Submissions (Deadline 1/20/15)

Publishing Opportunity in the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism


The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism is an international publication at University of Wisconsin-Madison devoted to publishing outstanding essays of undergraduate literary analysis. The journal is currently calling for papers analyzing any form of literature in 8-20 pages. Articles will be chosen for their originality, eloquence, and quality of academic research. The deadline for submissions is January 20th.

This is an excellent and rare opportunity for all literature majors, and especially for those considering graduate school or a career in publishing. Publication serves to distinguish a CV through inclusion in a selective publication.

Students may submit up to two papers. Submissions and any questions can be sent to Please visit for further guidelines.

AURA: The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Comparative Literature Seeks Submissions (deadline 1/16/15)

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AURA: The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Comparative Literature is pleased to announce that the journal is now accepting submissions for this year’s issue, which will be published in April of 2015. Student writers are strongly encouraged to submit academic papers, creative pieces, or artwork with an interdisciplinary, intertextual, or translational focus. We welcome high-quality papers on any topic.

All submissions are due to by noon EST on Friday, January 16, 2015. Authors of selected pieces will be contacted in mid-February. Multiple submissions are permitted, although a maximum of one piece per author will be published in a given issue. The student should not include his or her name in the submission document, as all work will be reviewed anonymously, but the following information should be included in the body of the email:

  • Title of work
  • Student name
  • College and class year
  • Student email address

Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.

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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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.

Featured December Course: Byron and His Circle

Autumn quarter is nearly over and the time to lug your book bags through the snow to Winter classes is just around the corner. But are you still opening and closing your Campus Connect account a million times each day, struggling to decide which courses to take? Are you hesitating to click that “enroll” button, afraid to commit to a quarter-long course?

Lord_Byron_coloured_drawingWell, students, there is no need to fret. If you have two weeks to spare this December, Dr. Gross’s special December course, Byron and his Circle, is sure to be a fascinating and wonderful opportunity to study the work of the peculiar genius Lord Byron and his eccentric pals. This is a not-to-be-missed, action-packed course, ladies and gents, and the perfect chance to learn about the quintessential “bad boy” of poetry!

Don’t believe me? Dr. Gross has provided The Underground with some interesting tidbits about who the Poetry Foundation calls “the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics,” the Lord Byron, that are sure to peak your interest — and have all you undergrads out there rushing to Campus Connect today!

  • Byron died fighting for Greek independence and edited a journal called The Liberal before he left, introducing the word into the English language as a political noun. Many Greeks name their sons after Byron to honor his sacrifice in Messolonghi.
  • Byron’s “Don Juan,” an epic poem that is considered the finest long comic poem in the English language, argues that women seduce men, not the other way around, and is filled with references to his personal life — and “The Odyssey.”
  • Fellow Romantic poet Percy Shelley died in an accident while sailing a boat named the Don Juan, after Byron’s poem. Shelley could not swim and drowned in what some think was a suicide attempt, inspired by his jealousy of Byron’s increasing reputation.
  • Lord Byron’s friend, Leigh Hunt, kept the late Percy Shelley’s heart in a drawer before surrendering it to his widow, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.
  • Speaking of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley is said to have written the masterpiece during a kind of scary story contest at the Villa Diodati — Byron’s summer home along the shores of Lake Geneva.
  • Poet John Keats, who lived to be only 25-years-old and yet is still one of the most well-known of the Romantics today, apparently enjoyed playing practical jokes. He was also known for his ever-changing mustaches and his small stature. He was only just over 5 feet tall!
  • Fiction writers might be interested to know that Benjamin Markovits (A Quiet Adjustment; Imposture) wrote a trilogy about Byron and his wife (taking the part of the much aggrieved Lady Byron in the controversy over Byron’s alleged incest with his half-sister, Augusta).
  • Tim Powers wrote several fantasy steam-punk novels (Stress of Her Regard) about a vampire legend related to a trip Lord Byron took to Turkey with John Cam Hobhouse, where he spent time visiting graveyards.
  • You can see why fiction writers are drawn to the lives of Romantics like Byron, Shelley, and Keats. See Edward John Trelawny’s Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author, which we’ll also read in this class.

Still not convinced that Dr. Gross’s Byron and His Circle is the class for you? Students who take this awesome course may be able to use what they’ve learned to give a talk or present a Byron-related poem or story at the 9th International Student Byron Contest, which will be held May 21-25, 2014 at the Messolonghi Byron Research Center in Greece!

Join this class and become inspired. Visit Campus Connect today and sign up for ENG 328: Byron and His Circle!

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.