Our judges’ decisions about the submissions for the Sigma Tau Delta 2024 Centennial Convention have been made. Everyone who submitted a paper should have received an email from englishconvention2024 ([email protected]) yesterday. Thank you to all of those who submitted; and to those who have been invited to present, let me offer our congratulations!
If you received such an invitation, your first task should be to share the good news of your acceptance with family and friends, as well as your Chapter Advisor(s) and Department Chair(s) who will want to know of your success, and can be resources to help you secure any institutional funding.
The following must be completed by January 17 for everyone with an accepted submission:
- Log into your ExOrdo submission account to accept your acceptance or notify us that you will not be able to attend. This “acceptance of your acceptance” is crucial, as we begin to sort papers into topic-based sessions to schedule your reading. The form takes only a few moments of your time. RSVP your Submission.
- Once you have completed the RSVP, you must Submit Your Final Submission on the My Final Submissions card in your ExOrdo dashboard. Please do NOT edit your paper title, name, or email address. If you need to change your name or email address, send an email that includes your submission ID number to [email protected].
- Register early for convention. Early Registration both saves money and ensures that your paper will be scheduled with papers on a related topic. Convention Registration will be open January 4 – 17, 2024.
Additional Ways to Participate at the 2024 Convention
Presenting a paper or participating in a Roundtable session are not the only ways to engage at the convention and be included in the convention program. Check out these additional opportunities below.
Session Chairs and Moderators
For those who were not accepted to present this time around, you received my personal invitation to sign up to chair a session—an important job at convention, and one that ensures your name appears in the program as a participant. Again, follow the instructions in the email you received to complete the Session Chair Volunteer form and visit the Chairs web page to learn more about what serving as a session Chair looks like.
We have also sent out a call for faculty moderators. In the meantime, information about this important role is available on the Moderators web page.
Research in the Round
Convention attendees are invited to submit a topic and two questions for the second submission round of Research in the Round, brief but engaging conversations about literary, theoretical, pedagogical, or writing topics. Participants will circulate from table to table in a timed, speed-style format, where (after a brief introduction) one or two participants discuss the presenter’s questions or may formulate one of their own about the same topic.
Priority will be given to students who are not listed in the program as presenters.
If you wish to submit a proposal to participate as a host, please complete the Research in the Round application form. Research in the Round proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through January 3.
Complete information about how to take full advantage of the convention appears at englishconvention.org. There, you will learn more about:
- tips for securing funding;
- registering during the January 4-17 Early and Presenter deadline;
- securing a hotel room at the Sigma Tau Delta rate;
- chair volunteer guidelines;
- biographies for our featured speakers; and
- an ever-expanding schedule of anticipated events.
On behalf of the more than 125 judges who evaluated over 700 submissions, I applaud the hard work and tremendous potential we saw this year. Should you have questions, contact us via email at [email protected]. I encourage you to join us at the 2024 Centennial Convention in St. Louis!
2024 Convention Chair