SUBMISSIONS OVERVIEW

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 Leigh Dillard 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.

Tuesday, November 2 at 8:15 a.m. CDT Access to the submission system has been repaired. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Submit to Convention Webinar (presented on 9/30/2021): Presentation Slides 

Who Can Submit

Eligible members are

Faculty members may not make submissions. Roundtable proposals must be submitted by a student or an alumni member.

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

Papers

Eligible members may submit only one creative or critical paper for presentation. A second submission is only allowed if it is related to the Common Reader: Dear Martin.

For the submission process, the term “Papers” refers to all written works being submitted for presentation at the 2022 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 Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Resubmitting Accepted 2020 Work

Presenters whose work was accepted for the 2020 Convention scheduled for Las Vegas are invited to resubmit the same piece for 2022. Works accepted for the 2022 Convention will be accepted again and evaluated by faculty as part of the paper award process. If you wish to resubmit your 2020 paper, please indicate in your submission form that this piece matches the 2020 title indicated below and has not been significantly revised. All submissions must still meet the word count requirement.

Guidelines and Submission Instructions

To prepare and submit your paper go to:

Roundtables

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 2022 Convention Theme “Action”  or the  Common Reader: Dear Martin.

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed to submitters on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Guidelines and Submission Instructions

For more information about preparing your roundtable, go to:

Convention Registration

Everyone attending the convention, including presenters and roundtable participants, must register for the convention. Early convention registration will open for presenters and the general public on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Questions

Email 2022 Convention staff at englishconvention@niu.edu with questions.

Eligible members may propose roundtables on suggested topics or on topics of general interest to both the discipline and the Society. Roundtables are designed to promote discussion and exploration of a selected topic, with an emphasis on active engagement of the audience. Successful proposals will indicate not only the role of the roundtable participants but also how they will engage the audience in active dialogue.

Special Requirements

  • A roundtable that has been presented in a previous year may not be resubmitted this year. For more information, review the rules about what individuals can submit;
  • the longer abstract must include a bibliography that shows engagement with conversations about the topic that will form the basis of the roundtable theme and discussion;
  • the submitter and primary contact for the roundtable must be a student member or Alumni Epsilon Chapter member, not an Advisor; and
  • this year a moderator must be included at the time of submission.

Roundtable Submission Guidelines

Roundtables should be 90 minutes in length, including questions and answers (Q & A) with audience members. Roundtables are not a vehicle for the reading of papers. Faculty may be moderators or participants in a roundtable, though the proposed roundtable would ideally include at least one student participant.

Competition for the limited number of roundtable slots will be lively. Only those submissions that actively engage the audience in dialogue will be considered. While judges will read and consider multiple proposals from the same school, individual chapters are limited to two acceptances unless the proposal includes members from more than one school. Priority will be given to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the convention theme, Action. A Regional Student Representative or Associate Student Representative can help you use Society resources to connect with other members.

Not sure what subjects might spark an engaging roundtable? Consider designing a roundtable built around the works of convention speakers. Other topics might include:

  • 2022 Common Reader: Dear Martin
  • Career Development for English Majors
  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Convention Theme “Action”
  • Diversity
  • English Education/Young Adult Literature
  • English and Technology
  • Literary Themes
  • Member Recruitment/Chapter Development
  • Popular Culture/Film/Social Media
  • Service/Literacy
  • Writing and Publishing

Of course, roundtable proposals will also be considered on other subjects that might be well suited to interactive discussions involving an audience.

Required Information

  1. Title: Due to space constraints, the title cannot exceed 50 characters. Remember to count spaces as well as letters.
  2. Abstracts: Include 2 abstracts and bibliography
    • a longer description (up to 250 words) that explains how the roundtable is organized, how the participants will involve the audience in active and scholarly discussion, what makes this approach appropriate for a roundtable discussion;
    • a short abstract (up to 50 words) to be included in the convention program; and
    • a bibliography that shows engagement with conversations about the topic that will form the basis of the roundtable theme and discussion.
  3. Moderator: Give the name, school, and email address for the roundtable moderator. (The moderator must be a faculty member or Alumni Epsilon member.)
  4. Participants: List the name, school, and email address for each participant (maximum of 5 participants and minimum of 3 participants). A minimum of 3 participants are required for submission. Sometimes roundtable organizers are unable to provide a complete list of participants when submitting the proposal. Accepted roundtables will be required to submit the names of all participants (and any changes to the list of participants) by the confirmation date Monday, December 6, 2022.
  5. Audio Visual Request: Only a limited number of rooms will be set-up with an LCD projector and screen. Therefore, only a limited number of requests for A/V will be granted. If you are requesting A/V, please include an additional paragraph stating why A/V will be a necessary component of your roundtable. Include a description of what you will be projecting, such as an online demonstration, video, audio presentation, or slide deck.

Refer to Roundtable Submission Criteria for a list of criteria used in the evaluation process.

Submission Deadlines and Notifications

Submitters will receive confirmation, acceptance, and registration information via the email addresses associated with their accounts. Therefore, it is vital that members use email addresses that they check regularly and that will be active through April 2022.

  • The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.
  • Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
  • Your confirmation to secure a session slot is due Wednesday, December 6, 2021.

Submission Link

Monday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. CDT – The submission system is currently down. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Locate the submissions link under the submissions menu tab of this website. 

Please submit using a desktop computer or laptop. 
Be sure to set up your account with an email address you will retain through April 2022.

Questions

Questions regarding the submission process should be addressed to the 2022 convention staff at englishconvention@niu.edu.

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