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Regional Events

Participating in regional conferences and events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers.

If your chapter is contemplating hosting a regional event, your first step should be to contact your Regent for information about promotional, and possible financial, assistance. Note: In order not to conflict with Sigma Tau Delta's annual spring convention, regional events should only be planned for the fall.

As a service to its members, Sigma Tau Delta provides links to regional conferences and other non-Society-sponsored English events. If you wish to have a link to your conference or event on this web page, please complete the Event Posting Request Form.

Regional events will be posted on this page.

Sigma Tau Delta Eastern Regional Conference

The Work of an Artist

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

This conference seeks to examine the concept of labor in all of its forms: intellectual, artistic, physical, and otherwise. Our conference theme rises out of Sigma Tau Delta's proposed common reading of the year, Tess Taylor's Work and Days.

This is, of course, a theme celebrated in literature through the ages. For instance, in Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man," Silas, the hired man, works one summer beside Harold Wilson, a boy home from college. Silas believes if he could teach Harold to build a load of hay, "he'd be / some good perhaps to someone in the world. / He hates to see a boy the fool of books." This poem presents a tension between physical labor and intellectual labor.

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter won a Pulitzer for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. A strain exists in American thought that looks askance at the labor of the mind as opposed to the labor of the hands. And this suspicion of intellectual labor has an extra spin for those in literary studies as every English major has had to answer the question, "Yes, but what are you going to do with an English major?"

Submission Requirements:
Please propose a paper or complete panel that takes a literary approach to the topic above. Presentations may be analytical papers or original creative writing. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Physical labor, intellectual labor, artistic labor
  • The works of individual artists
  • Gender and work
  • Work of the private sphere, work of the public sphere
  • Anti-intellectualism and anti-academic sentiment in our present times
  • Labor, as in child birth
  • The "good" of an English major and the Humanities in the age of STEM

Types of Submissions:
We invite conference participants to write about the theme of work, but we welcome paper and panel proposals that take a broader and more creative interpretation of the topic. Papers and creative writing produced in courses or independent studies are welcome. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes.

Any student who has a paper, panel, or work of creative writing that addresses the conference's theme. Members of Sigma Tau Delta and English majors and minors are especially encouraged to submit work.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words to

Submission Document Type: doc, docx, pdf

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 31, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Email Questions to: Dr. Sean Lewis,

Additional Information: Final registration information will be sent to participants whose work has been accepted for the conference.

Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Regional Conference

"Uncertain Terrain": Negotiating Identities in the Global Community

Co-Sponsored by the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Graduate Organization at Western Illinois University

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL

This co-sponsored conference serves all Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region. Cash prizes for best conference papers will be given separately to undergraduate and graduate students; see the end of this announcement for the submission instructions.

Call for Papers:
How do you find your place in society without losing parts of yourself? In “Chicana Artists: Exploring Nepantla, el Lugar de la Frontera,” Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “Nepantla is the Nahuatl word for an in-between state, that uncertain terrain one crosses when moving from one place to another when changing from one class, race, or gender position to another, when traveling from the present identity to a new identity.” We would like to note that the search for comfort in one’s skin is important and not just a passing wave. The means to define the self has long been a recurring theme in literary discourse. How do the limitations of language influence how we see ourselves? This conference invites us to explore the multiplicity of identities that construct humankind and the complexities of negotiating one’s gender, race, class, ethnicity, and other forms of personal identities as demonstrated through literature, film, television, and other cultural artifacts. We invite conference participants to write about the broad topic of identity construction, but we welcome paper and panel proposals on any subject in English Studies. We also welcome submissions of creative work.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Ariana Ruiz, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, will present "Making Face, Claiming Space: Reimagining Latinidades Through Aesthetic Practices of Alterity” at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in 109 Morgan Hall.

Propose a paper or a complete panel, critical or creative. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Latinx Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Gender Identities
  • Class Identities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Multi Ethnic Representation
  • Politics of Identity
  • Inclusivity in Pedagogy
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Globalized Identies
  • Xenophobia, Nationalism, and Identity

Please send 250-word abstracts in Microsoft Word to by September 30, 2019. Questions about the conference should be directed to Midwestern Regent Dr. Timothy Helwig,

Registration Fee:

  • Undergraduate students: $10
  • Graduate students: $15
  • Faculty: $20

The registration fee includes breakfast fare and lunch, and can be paid at the conference in cash, credit card, check, or in advance by post to:

EGO/STD Conference
Department of English
124 Simpkins Hall
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Get additional information here

Directions for Undergraduate Conference Paper Awards:
Undergraduate members of Midwestern chapters of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society are eligible to apply for prizes of $150, $100, and $50 for the best three overall papers (critical or creative) and $50 for the best paper (critical or creative) responding to our Common Reader, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams, which are presented at the annual STD/EGO Regional Conference at Western Illinois University. To apply, students must send their complete work, as it will be presented, of no more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Dr. Timothy Helwig no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. Winners, who will be announced at the end of the conference, must attend and present their papers at the conference on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Graduate papers may be submitted for paper award consideration. Graduate students should submit their complete paper to Papers submitted for award consideration need to be in by no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. Please include the subject line, “EGO/STD Award Submission,” in the email with the paper being submitted for award consideration. More information can be found here.

Additional Information:
The conference website, hosted by WIU’s English Graduate Organization, includes information about local hotels.

Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the Department of English at Fort Hays State University

Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

Fort Hays State University; Hays, KS

The storms have been brewing and blowing in Western Kansas—tearing apart buildings, splitting open the hearts of trees, and making the signs of humans bend to Mother Nature’s will. Though the winds may slice through our streets, the rain may drench our shingles, and the thunder may rattle our bones, our words and stories will not be shaken. Allow us to join together to share in the strength of our words.

The Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Fort Hays State University will hold an undergraduate and graduate research conference for the High Plains Region and our neighbors from other regions. We invite all students as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta to send critical papers and creative works to share in scholarly and creative presentations, and attendance is open to all.

Keynote Speaker: 
Our keynote speaker will be Sarah Smarsh, author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. Her presentation will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, October 19, and will be followed by an informal conversation and book signing. We will also have a number of other activities of interest including a session to generate roundtable submissions for the 2020 International Convention in March and an open mic. In addition to works on any topic, the open mic will have a special category for works related to issues of domestic and sexual violence as a partnership with Options Sexual and Domestic Violence Services, a local shelter and support services organization.

Preliminary Schedule:

  • Friday, October 18
    4:00-5:15 Registration/opening reception
    5:30-7:00 Dinner as a group (location TBA)
    7:00-8:30 Open Mic in partnership with Options
  • Saturday, October 19
    9:00-11:30 Two morning sessions
    11:30-12:45 Lunch (provided) and Convention Roundtable Networking
    1:00-3:00 Keynote speaker Sarah Smarsh with an informal conversation and book signing
    3:15-5:45 Two afternoon sessions
    6:00 Dinner on your own (we will suggest places and organize a group option)

Submission Eligibility:
All undergraduate and graduate students (Sigma Tau Delta induction not required) and Sigma Tau Delta alumni

Submission Requirements:
Presenters may submit either a critical essay or creative work in any genre, and submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. If you have a critical topic that you would like to present but have not quite completed the work, you may send a 250- to 500-word abstract of the paper instead. Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Lexey Bartlett, at if you have questions about the topic of your paper.

Document Format:
  • Submissions should be no more than 2,500 words in length (excluding works cited), or an abstract as noted above.
  • doc, docx
  • Files should be named like this: "LastNameCritical" or “LastNameCreative”
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title and genre of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student, or the institution you graduated from if you are an alumni member. Audio-visual technology will be available.


  • $15 per person
  • Conference Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Acceptance Notifications: no later than Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Travel grants of at least $100 will be given to Sigma Tau Delta chapters that attend.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019

Email Submissions to:

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Sigma Tau Delta Southern Regional Conference

North Georgia Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, October 19, 2019

University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus; Oakwood, GA

Now in its sixth year, the Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Regional Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present original research and practice conference presentation skills in a friendly campus-based atmosphere. All participants will be served lunch and are invited to participate in a networking/professionalization workshop.

Submission Eligibility:
Participants need not be members of Sigma Tau Delta to present but should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Submission Requirements:
Papers are welcome on all topics related to English and literary studies. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, or roughly 2,000 words.

Submit abstract 200-250 words.

To submit, fill out this Google Form. This will serve as your proposal.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Email Questions to:

Additional Information: To apply for the conference, please submit an abstract (200-250) words of a literary studies paper by the 21 September deadline. Participants will be notified of their acceptance with instructions on conference registration.

Far Western Regional Conference

Finding Your Voice

Sposored by:
Saint Martin's University College of Arts & Sciences and the Kappa Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saint Martin's University; Lacey, WA

The conference theme is Finding Your Voice - encouraging writers to explore their talents and discover their favorite genre. Submissions do not need to adhere to the theme! This just provides us with a structure to follow and specific sessions to teach. Regional Conferences are a fantastic way to reach out to other chapters in nearby cities and/or states and may be easier to attend than the annual conventions. This is also a great way to work on public speaking, paper presentations, and look into graduate programs.

Submission Eligibility: Current Sigma Tau Delta Members of the Far Western Region

Submission Requirements:
Students are permitted to submit ONE (1) paper submission of up to 2,000 words (excluding title) and the work can be creative (poetry, short story, creative nonfiction) or a critical essay. Students will have until September 30 to submit their work. Students will be required to attend the conference if their submission is accepted.

Submit Papers to: Papers Submission Link

Registration Fee: Registration is free as the event is only one day.

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019

Email Questions to: Amanda Chappell, 



Annual International Convention

March 25-28, 2020
Las Vegas, NV

Regional Events

Sep. 21
Eastern Region
Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD

Oct. 18
Midwestern Region

Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Oct. 18
High Plains Region
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS

Oct. 19
Southern Region

Univeristy of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus
Oakwood, GA

Nov. 9
Far Western Region
Saint Martin's University
Lacey, WA