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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.

Lee University Literary Symposium

Sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Location: Lee University; Cleveland, TN

The symposium showcases literary-critical and creative undergraduate work at Lee and around the region.

Keynote Speaker:
Our plenary speaker this year, William Tate, is Professor of English, Department Chair, and Dean of Arts and Letters at Covenant College. His omnivorous academic interests range from Shakespeare to modernist literature, particularly poetry, and he's an effective and enthusiastic teacher, speaker, mentor, and leader.

Submission Requirements:
Topics will vary; genres can include anything from literary critical analyses to all genres of creative writing (poems, stories, plays, nonfiction).

Submitters are required to attend the event if their submission is accepted.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • One-inch margins
  • Submissions should not exceed 10 pages

Registration Fee:

  • $10
  • Includes breakfast and lunch

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017
Email Submissions to:
 Chad Schrock,
Email Questions to: Chad Schrock,

Sigma Tau Delta North Georgia Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, October 14, 2017

University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus; Oakwood, GA

Any student may submit a paper pertaining to English or literary studies. Papers may be critical essays, creative works, or round table discussions. Students do not have to be Sigma Tau Delta members to submit or attend the conference. This conference is great for students who have never presented before or who are unfamiliar with conference culture. Students who present are eligible for publication opportunities.

Submission Requirements:
To submit, fill out this form. This will serve as your proposal.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • 12 point Times New Roman
  • 200-250-word abstract

Types of Submissions:

  • Critical essays/analysis
  • Creative works
  • Round table discussions

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Email Questions to: Ashley Brooks,

Additional Information: Participants will be notified by October 2, 2017, and will recieve a follow-up registration survey prior to the conference.

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 20 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fort Hays State University; Hays, KS

For the academic world, fall is the time of new beginnings, but as we know well on the High Plains, fall also represents the harvest of all our efforts come to fruition. Both are causes for celebration and a time for gathering together.

In keeping with fall's spirit of celebration, 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.

Keynote Speaker: 
Our keynote program will be a reading by poet Chuck Carlise on the evening of Friday, October 20. We hope to announce other special events soon, but we will also have a number of other activities of interest: a session to generate roundtable submissions for the international convention in March; a discussion of the Common Reader, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez; and an open mic.

Submission Requirements:
We invite all current 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.

Submitters are required to attend the event if their submission is accepted.

Document Format:

  • 2,500-word maximum
  • Word format
  • Files should be named "LastNameCritical" or "LastNameCreative"
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title of the submission, its genre, 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. If you require audio-visual technology for your presentation, please indicate that as well.


  • $15 per person
  • Travel grants of at least $100 will be given to Sigma Tau Delta chapters that attend.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
Email Submissions to:
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Additional Information:  Additional information can be found on the High Plains Conference website.

Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Conference

"Empathy and Anger"

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

Friday, November 3 - Saturday, November 4, 2017

Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University; Macomb, IL

This co-sponsored conference serves all Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region. The contemporary world is overwhelmed by both excessive expressions of anger and desperate calls for empathy. During the past year, pundits and cultural critics ceaselessly remark on the inflation of these emotional appeals and the correlative devaluation of reason. In this cultural context, scholars of literature and writing studies have unique and important perspectives to offer. The very roots of ancient rhetoric are steeped in debates about emotion, sophistry, and truth. Extreme emotions are everywhere in literature: the anger of Achilles, the sentimental novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century (Pamela and Uncle Tom's Cabin), and contemporary cinema, television, and new media (from screaming on reality TV to the ubiquity of internet trolls). Indeed, literature has traditionally been defined by its complex understanding and deployment of sentiment, and its key role in shaping how political subjects imagine themselves. Moreover, the recent "affective turn" in literary theory and cultural studies not only provides new languages to understand and describe feelings, but also allows critics to trace the forces that might be accountable for such intensities of sentiment.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Peter DeGabriele is the author of Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: the Problem of the Political in Eighteenth Century England (Bucknell 2015). His talk will consider questions of responsibility, violence, and feeling  from the sixteenth century to our contemporary era: "Sovereign (Ir)responsibility: Leviathan among the Drones," on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., 109 Morgan.

Submission Requirements:
Active undergraduate and graduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta are eligible to submit.

This year's conference theme is empathy and anger, but we welcome paper and panel proposals on any subject in English Studies. We also welcome submissions of creative work.

WIU's Sigma Tau Delta chapter and English Graduate Organization invite undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, to submit 250-word abstract proposals for conference papers. Submissions, one per person, may be directly related to the topic of economy and literature, but any topics within English Studies are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Anger
  • Empathy
  • Affect, sense, and the body
  • Class Conflict
  • Emotion, reason, and contradictions of the enlightenment
  • Film and affect
  • Focus on major authors (e.g. Emerson; Nadine Gordimer; Edgar Allen Poe; Sara Suleri, etc. )
  • Interventions by feminist, gender, and queer theorists
  • Liberalism and liberal sensibilities
  • New writing of resistance/insistence/demand: zines, blogs, tweets, etc.
  • Objective Correlatives
  • Pedagogy
  • Protest Movements
  • Reason and pathos
  • Sentimental and sensation novels
  • Shakespeare, anger, and empathy  
  • Violence

Submitters are required to attend the event if their submission is accepted.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • 250-word abstract

Submission Deadline Extended: Friday, October 20, 2017
Email Submissions to: English Graduate Organization,
Email Questions to: English Graduate Organization,

Additional Information: A conference website, hosted by WIU’s English Graduate Organization, will be available by early September and will provide details about registration, local hotels, best paper awards, and more.

Shepherd Undergraduate Literature Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Location: Shepherd University; Sheperdstown, WV


Submissions are closed.
Email questions to: Brianna Maguire at

The 6th Annual Conference on English Studies: Identity, Imagination, (Re) Invention

Co-Sponsored by Central Michigan University's English Department and Central Michigan University’s Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Central Michigan University Campus; Mount Pleasant, MI

Who are you? What defines you? What identity crises have you experienced that shaped who you are today? The building and recreating of personal identity is an issue addressed in many historical works of literature as well as by contemporary creative works. This year's CMU sponsored Sigma Tau Delta Conference will host panel presentations, analytical papers, and creative works that are connected to these ideas.

Submission Requirements:
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit a 250-300 word abstract and title of their creative poetry, prose, analytical essay, or panel presentation.

Submitters are required to attend the event if their submission is accepted.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Please include a title
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced
  • 250-300 word abstract

Registration Fee:

  • Online Registration: $15
  • On-Site Registration: $20

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017
Email Submissions to:
Email Questions to:

Additional Information:
Online registration will be open through October 28
More information and updates on the conference can be found at:

Annual International Convention

March 29-April 1, 2016
Louisville, KY

Regional Events

Oct. 7
Southern Region
Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Oct. 14
Southern Region
University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus
Oakwood, GA

Oct. 20-21
High Plains Region
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS

Nov. 3 - 4
Midwestern Region
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Nov. 4
Eastern Region
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV

Nov. 18
Midwestern Region
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI