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.
Deadline: Submissions will be accepted through Monday, November 1, 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).
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Who Can Submit
Eligible members are
- Sigma Tau Delta student members
- Sigma Kappa Delta student members
- Alumni Epsilon Chapter members
(December 2021 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.)
- Transfer Students as Provisional Members of Sigma Tau Delta
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
- one (1) of the following papers: original critical essay, creative non-fiction, poetry collection, OR original prose (short story, flash fiction, drama, or screenplay);
- one (1) additional paper submission on the Common Reader: Dear Martin, by Nic Stone;
- and/or one (1) group proposal for a roundtable session.
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:
- Paper Submission Guidelines and Submission Instructions
- Hints for Successful Submissions
- Paper 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 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:
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.
Email 2022 Convention staff at email@example.com with questions.