CFP: Legacy Best Papers Contest – SSAWW Conference 2018 (Deadline: 12.10.2018)


PLEASE NOTE that this is a separate contest from the SSAWW’s graduate student paper competition and that authors are free to submit their work to both contests.

The editors of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers invite submissions to a contest honoring the best papers presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Denver. Two prizes will be awarded—one for the best paper presented by a graduate student and another for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW.

Please send conference-length papers (i.e., in the form in which they were delivered) to Jennifer Tuttle at by December 10, 2018. Make sure that your name appears only on a title page and that any references to your own work appear in the third person. In addition, indicate whether you are entering in the graduate student or non-student category.

The contest winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000 to 10,000 words, including documentation. If they are suitable for publication and compliant with the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy, these revised essays will be published in a future issue of Legacy. Note that the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy dictates that essays published in Legacy may not have been published previously in any form or be currently under consideration by any other journal or publisher, including as part of a book manuscript.

Although Legacy has a historical orientation and a chronological scope that ends at approximately 1940, we make an exception to this rule for the Best Papers Contest in order to open up the competition for presenters working in all time periods.


Call for Submissions: SSAWW Triennial Conference Graduate Student Paper Award (Deadline: 12.14.2018)

Call for Submissions:

SSAWW Triennial Conference

Graduate Student Paper Award

Every three years, after the SSAWW Triennial Conference, we invite submissions to be considered for the SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award, awarded to the best paper presented by a graduate student at the conference. This award brings public recognition (on the SSAWW website) as well as a monetary prize for the first-place ($250.00) and second-place ($150.00) winners. Note that this award is separate from the Legacy awards mentioned above.

Papers should be submitted after the conference and should include: 1) the paper presented (no more than 2500 words, not including the content of the Works Cited page), 2) the name of the panel, and 3) the author’s contact information (name, institution, degree program, and E-mail address). Participants are welcome to revise their papers from their conference form but should not exceed the 2500-word limit. A committee of SSAWW members will read the submissions and select the award recipients.

The deadline for submission is December 14, 2018. Please contact the Vice President of Development at regarding any inquiries or to submit your work for consideration. The award announcement will occur in March 2019 on the SSAWW website.

Service Opportunity: Call for Readers – SSAWW at ALA 2019

Call for Readers: SSAWW at the American Literature Association Conference

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is currently planning two thought-provoking panels at the 2019 American Literature Association Conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. As we prepare for this conference—another great opportunity to stimulate conversation on American women writers and their lasting impact on social, political, cultural, and literary thought—we are asking now for volunteers eager to serve as reviewers for the proposals that we receive. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 4, 2019, so reviewers can expect to receive proposals for evaluation no later than January 7th with a turnaround no later than January 18th in order to allot sufficient time to not only form our panels but also to contact participants, submit materials to the ALA conference organizers, and allow those not selected an opportunity to submit to the general call.

For those interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Vice President of Development via E-mail at by December 21, 2018. Please provide your areas of expertise, academic rank/institution (independent scholars and advanced graduate students are also welcome to participate), and your most reliable contact information. Thank you once again for your assistance in this important process; selected reviewers will receive a formal letter of appreciation in response and can include their service as part of their CVs.

CFP: SSAWW at ALA (Deadline: 1.28.2019)

Call for Papers: SSAWW at the American Literature Association Conference

The American Literature Association will host its thirtieth annual conference from May 23-26, 2019, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. As we continue to both promote and advance the study of American women writers, SSAWW will once again organize panels for this exciting and informative event:

Panel I: Digital Humanities and the Study of American Women Writers—Digital humanities initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in the field today, allowing students and scholars alike more opportunities to critically engage with women writers across time. The planning meeting for a digital recovery hub as well as the development of a number of sessions from a DH lens at the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference speak to this trend—all the more important as we work to recover authors whose works are unfortunately out of print, limiting their accessibility and potentially the spread of their invaluable perspectives on topics that have invariably shaped our society. In an effort to increase digital humanities work and awareness through SSAWW, this panel invites proposals that explore DH projects on women writers from across the Americas as well as methods for increasing student/public engagement with such authors through DH initiatives in the classroom and beyond.

Panel II: Globalizing American Women Writers—In addition to our interests in expanding DH awareness and work through SSAWW, we are equally interested in thinking about American women writers (AWW) on a much more global scale, including pedagogical innovations for teaching AWW abroad, scholarship on the role and impact of AWW outside of the confines of the United States, transatlantic connections, and more. As we come to better understand the overarching significance of such writers and their ideas on identity, culture, nationhood, politics, and self, these conversations remain vital in comprehending the world in which we live. The legacy of AWW, after all, is much farther reaching than the corners of North America, prompting this continued conversation from the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference. Still fueled by our 2017 international conference at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, we are interested in papers that seek to globalize AWW.

Please send proposals of no more than five hundred words (for papers approximately fifteen minutes in length) to the Vice President of Development at no later than January 4, 2019 with an expected response no later than January 21, 2019. In addition, please indicate any A/V needs in your E-mail submission. Note that presenters must be members of SSAWW by January 28, 2018 in order to secure their place on the program.

CFP: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society at ALA 2019 (Deadline: 1.15.2019)

CFP: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society at ALA 2019

The Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society is calling for abstracts for two guaranteed panels at the 2019 American Literature Association Conference, which will take place May 23-26 in Boston.

Panel 1: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Religion

While Freeman is not generally considered a religious writer, she has an ambivalent relation to religion that is largely due to her strict, Congregationalist upbringing and, thus, as Fred Pattee put it, her paradoxical “nurturing” in “repression.” Freeman herself left Mount Holyoke Female Seminary after only one year, objecting to its monotonous diet and excessive goadings of conscience. Freeman’s rebellious and controversial relation to religion informs much of her fiction. Fervently religious characters feature, for instance, in such stories as “A Conflict Ended” and “A Far-Away Melody” as well as in her 1894 novel Pembroke. Religion can be a route into a modern experience of authenticity, solitude, and individuality, in which case the reader is constructed as modern and secular through the narrator’s encouragement of a detached, almost anthropological stance vis-a-vis religion (Johanningsmeier). But Freeman’s characters also maintain an affective relation to religion and believe in its performativity. Freeman’s stance toward religion is complex, and it is complicated by her experience with her New England community, which was populated not only by Congregationalists but also by Methodists, Baptists, Unitarians, Catholics, and people of other denominations. As Aušra Paulauskiene argued at the 2018 ALA conference, Freeman’s widely-anthologized short story “A New England Nun” can be read fruitfully alongside Catholic fictions about religious practice. We are seeking papers that offer fresh perspectives on Freeman’s relation to religion and any sort of religious practice.

Panel 2: Open Topic on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

We are also soliciting papers on any topic related to Freeman, her society, or her contemporaries. Discussions (and examples) of teaching Freeman’s works are particularly welcome.

Please send 250-word abstracts and short vitae to Dr Myrto Drizou, Assistant Professor at Boğaziçi University ( by January 15, 2019.

For more information about the conference, please consult the ALA website

SSAWW Announcement: Call for SSAWW Officer Nominations (11.30.2018)

SSAWW Announcement
Call for Nominations

Nominations: open until November 30th, 2018

Voting begins: December 1st, 2018

Voting ends: December 21st, 2018

For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, the SSAWW Nominations Committee is pleased to issue this call for nominations for the 2018 election of SSAWW Officers. To facilitate a transparent and democratic process, the vote is open to all current SSAWW members who will receive a link to the ballot and the nominees’ information on December 1st, 2018 when voting begins.

Thus, the “call for nominations” is issued for the positions of: President; Vice President of Organizational Matters; and Vice President of Publications. We urge you to consider running or to nominate an active SSAWW member for one of the above named positions, please send your nomination to: Deadline for nominations is November 30th, 2018.

Nominees will need to submit a vision statement (no more than 250 words), and a brief biographical statement (no more than 150 words).

For your consideration, please find below excerpts from the SSAWW Constitution regarding the elected positions and duties:

Article II: Officers
Section 1:
The elected officers shall be the President; Vice President, Organizational Matters; and Vice President, Publications.

Section 2:
The President shall be elected by a majority of the members and shall serve a three-year term. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board. It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations and purposes of the Society. In filling this and any other Association responsibility, the President may call upon other officers, members of the Executive Council, and such ad hoc committees as the President may wish to appoint, for assistance.

Section 3:
The Vice President, Organizational Matters and Vice President, Publications shall be elected by a majority of the voting members and each shall be elected for a three-year term. The Vice President, Organizational Matters, shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and in formulating policies and projects for presentation to the Board and to fulfill the chartered obligations of the Society. The Vice President, Publications, shall assist the president at meetings of the Society and of the Advisory Board and shall be responsible for the production and distribution of the biannual newsletter, shall maintain the Society website, and shall, with the advice of the Officers and Advisory Board, oversee any publications projects that the Society undertakes.

Staceyann Chin – Keynote Speaker – Get your copy today!

Staceyann Chin

Keynote speaker 2018 SSAWW triennial Conference
Copies of Chin’s book The Other Side of Paradise are available for purchase at the conference.  You can pay with a credit card via the link below or with cash at registration.  Ms. Chin will do a book signing following the event tonight, so get your copy now!

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