Open call for panel papers – Carson McCullers Society
American Literature Association (ALA) Conference; San Diego, CA; May 21-24, 2020
The Carson McCullers Society is pleased to announce an open call for papers on any topic related to the life and works of Carson McCullers for a guaranteed panel at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Diego, California, on May 21-24, 2020. Papers that approach McCullers’ works from interdisciplinary, comparative, and disability or gender studies perspectives are especially sought; however, all topics will be considered. Interested parties should send a 250-300 word abstract and short bio to the Carson McCullers Society at email@example.com no later than Wednesday, January 22nd , 2020. Please list “ALA 2020 abstract” as the subject of your email.
“Southern Modernist Women Writers and the Streets” Call for papers
Modernist Studies Association conference; Brooklyn, NY; October 22-25, 2020
In keeping with the Modernist Studies Association 2020 conference theme of the “streets,” the Carson McCullers Society is pleased to sponsor a roundtable discussion series about southern modernist women writers and the streets. The roundtable panel is intended to spark conversation among Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Margaret Walker, Katherine Anne Porter, Kate Chopin, Anne Spencer, Zora Neale Hurston, and Lillian Hellman scholars, among others, about the innovations and interventions of southern modernist women writers in creating street scenes and characters. Please send all queries and/or a 300-word abstract and short bio to the Carson McCullers Society at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, March 1st. Please write “MSA 2020 abstract” as the subject of your email.
Call for entries for the Carson McCullers Annual Outstanding Conference Paper Award
The Carson McCullers Society is pleased to invite submissions for its annual prize for Outstanding Conference Paper. This award recognizes the best entry for a scholarly essay on the life and work of Carson McCullers presented at a conference the previous year. Entrants should provide evidence that the paper was presented at a national, regional or international academic conference during the 2019 calendar year (January 1 to December 31) and that the winner is an active member of the Society at the time of receipt of the award (information on membership can be found here on our website). Submissions for this blind-judged competition are welcome from all levels of scholars and bear a $100 honorarium and recognition by the Society for best entry at the annual American Literature Association Conference in San Diego, CA. To enter the contest, please send a double-spaced paper and a conference program listing the paper to Carson McCullers Society President Isadora Wagner (email@example.com) by Sunday, March 15, 2020.
The 1921 Prize in American Literature
The American Literature Society is pleased to invite submissions for the 1921 prize, which is awarded annually for the best article in any field of American literature. The prize is named for the year the organization was initially founded “to promote and diversify the study of American Literature.” Judged by a panel comprised of members of the American Literature Society Advisory Board and other scholars in the field, the competition will be divided in two categories: one for tenured faculty and one for graduate students, scholars in contingent positions, and untenured faculty members. The winner will be announced at the 2020 MLA awards ceremony.
Rules for competition:
• Submissions must be published during the calendar year of 2019. For submissions that have not yet appeared in print by the September 1 deadline, authors are requested to provide verification that their essay will be published within the calendar year.
•No person may nominate more than one essay in a given year.
•Articles must appear in one of the following journals: African American Review; American Literary History; American Literary Realism; American Literature; American Periodicals; American Quarterly; Callaloo; Early American Literature;ESQ; J19; Journal of Ethnic American Literature; Legacy; MELUS; Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS); Resources for American Literary Study; Studies in American Fiction; and Studies in American Indian Literatures. Essays that appear elsewhere will not be considered.
•Authors must be members of the American Literature Society. If you haven’t already, please join! Membership is free—just go to: http://www.als-mla.org/als/membership/
•Please send an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to the Prize Committee by September 1, 2019 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mielke, American Literature Society Chair, email@example.com
SSAWW Triennial Conference
Graduate Student Paper Award
Thank you to all who submitted papers for this award and to the SSAWW reviewers who carefully read each submission.
Of the twenty-six entries received, the reviewers have awarded the following:
1st Place: Lauren Kimball, Rutgers University
2nd Place: Meagan Solomon, Texas Christian University
Honorable Mention: Hannah Champion, Universite Bordeaux Montaigne and University of Eastern Finland
Honorable Mention: Genevieve Hay, Tufts University
Congratulations to all the award recipients and honorable mentions!
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
Call for Nominations: Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Award
In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship, pedagogy, creative work, and/or activism that furthers social change: one for faculty, independent scholars, and other professionals; one for scholars, artists, and activists at the graduate level; and one for high school and undergraduate students. Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others. Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, creative projects, and social outreach that, like Child’s work, speaks to pressing social causes and/or foregrounds the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially-conscious writing. Winners will receive a monetary award of $100 and may be featured in our society’s newsletter or other programming.
To apply for any of the three awards or to nominate a colleague or student, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1st a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s work engages with current social justice concerns, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email. If you nominate someone else, please include their contact information so that they may be notified. You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement. These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom. Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages. While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns.
Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in Boston (May 2019), though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award. To read about past winners, visit https://lydiamariachildsociety.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/social-justice-award-winners/ andhttps://lydiamariachildsociety.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/congratulations-to-our-lydia-maria-child-society-social-justice-award-winners-and-nominees/. We look forward to reading your submissions.
2019 Dickinson Scholar Award
The Emily Dickinson International Society invites applications for the 2019 Dickinson Scholar Award, which supports new research on Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award of $2,000 may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Applicants must have completed a PhD. To apply for the award, please submit: a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project proposal, a brief bibliography, and a preliminary budget to Michelle Kohler at email@example.com. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org
2019 Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship
EDIS announces a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at publication. To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references to Michelle Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by January 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org
LEGACY BEST PAPERS CONTEST – SSAWW CONFERENCE 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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any inquiries or to submit your work for consideration. The award announcement will occur in March 2019 on the SSAWW website.