Please read and follow the paper and roundtable submission guidelines carefully. With a large number of submissions—over 850 paper and roundtable entries were submitted for the 2019 Convention—in a limited amount of time, Convention Chair AmiJo Comeford and the convention planners will use the guidelines to ensure that each member’s work is given careful attention by the appropriate judges. Faithful attention to the details of the process will increase the likelihood of your submission’s acceptance.
Deadline: Submissions will be accepted Monday, September 30 through Monday, October 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).
Who Can Submit
Eligible members are
- Sigma Tau Delta student members
- Sigma Kappa Delta student members
- Alumni Epsilon Chapter members
(December 2019 graduates are eligible to submit as members of their current chapters. Sigma Tau Delta members no longer affiliated with a college or university chapter must be members of the Sigma Tau Delta Alumni Epsilon Chapter to present at the convention.)
Roundtable proposals are the only works that faculty members may submit.
Due to software limitations, submitters cannot use pen names. Submitters must use the names associated with their membership.
What Individuals Can Submit
Eligible members may submit
- one (1) of the following: original critical essay, creative non-fiction, poetry collection, OR original prose (short story, flash fiction, drama, or screenplay);
- one (1) additional submission on the Common Reader: Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert, by Terry Tempest Williams;
- and/or one (1) proposal for a roundtable session.
- Eligible members may submit only one paper for presentation. A second submission is only allowed if it is related to the Common Reader: Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert.
For the submission process, the term “Papers” refers to all written works being submitted for presentation at the 2020 Convention, including critical essays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction.
Papers receiving high evaluations will be considered for convention awards. Although evaluation is based on the paper as submitted, only those works presented at the convention are eligible to receive awards. Only works that conform precisely to submission guidelines will be considered for awards.
Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed on Monday, December 16, 2019.
To prepare and submit your paper go to:
- Paper Submission Guidelines and Submission Instructions
- Hints for Successful Submissions
- Evaluation Criteria
The Convention Chair invites submissions on a wide range of topics. See Roundtable Submissions page for a general listing of suggested areas, although submitters may also choose a topic of their own.
New: a roundtable that has been presented in the previous convention year may not be resubmitted this year.
Roundtables are designed to promote discussion and exploration of a selected topic, with roundtable members and the audience participating in a scholarly and active discussion. Competition for the roundtable slots available will be lively. Among equally persuasive proposals, the convention judges will give priority to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the 2020 Convention Theme “Transformative Landscapes” or the Common Reader: Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert.
Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to submitters on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
For more information about preparing your roundtable, go to Roundtable Submission Guidelines.
Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and roundtable participants, must register for the convention. Convention registration will open for early bird and presenters on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Email 2020 Convention staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.