2013 Convention

March 20 - 23 • Hilton Portland & Executive Tower • Portland, OR

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Paper and Roundtable Submissions

Deadline: November 12, 11:59 p.m. CST



Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

Hints for Success

Evaluation Criteria


Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

Paper Submissions

Submissions Deadline

Notes: Keywords SHOULD NOT contain any punctuation including quotation marks, and keywords SHOULD NOT be copy and pasted. Instead, TYPE IN the keywords.

Submissions Deadline

The deadline for paper submissions is Monday, November 12, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Note: If you are submitting a Roundtable proposal, follow the guidelines and instructions under: Roundtable Submissions.

In addition to the guidelines and instructions below, please read Hints for Successful Submissions and Submissions Evaluation Criteria.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

All currently-enrolled members of Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta, and Alumni Epsilon Chapter members, are invited to submit ONE original critical essay, creative nonfiction, poetry collection, fiction, or drama/screenplay to be considered for presentation at the annual convention. Essays on any topic of interest in the discipline are welcome; essays on the works of our featured speakers are especially encouraged.

All currently-enrolled members of Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta, and Alumni Epsilon Chapter members, are also invited to submit a second original work in any genre that focuses on the Common Reader, Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, to be considered for presentation at the annual convention.

While faculty members may not submit papers, they are encouraged to moderate roundtables and sessions.

Paper submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

* 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.

Paper Format

NOTE: Contributors must not identify themselves in any way on any page of text submitted.

Prose (Critical Essays, Creative, Original Works)


Flash Fiction

Instructions for Paper Submissions

Step 1: Sign In

Step 2: Authors

Step 3: Add Submission

Step 4: Review and Save

Additional Submission (on the 2013 Common Reader)

Repeat the submission process to add a second submission if one of the submissions is on the 2013 Common Reader. You can also exit and add a second submission at a later date.


Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to englishconvention@niu.edu.

Submission Confirmations

Submitters will receive confirmations and acceptances through the email address associated with their account. Therefore it is vital that submitters keep their email addresses active and check frequently throughout March 2013.

Please check your confirmation and retain it. The confirmation is a do not reply email from outreachhelp@niu.edu. It will include a five digit number that may be used as a reference in future communications with englishconvention@niu.edu.

Acceptance and Denial Notifications

Acceptance and denial notifications will be emailed on or before January 7, 2013.