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Announcing the 2016 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Oct. 15

Meringoff Awards 2014

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers is pleased to announce three awards of $2,000 each: one in poetry, one in fiction, and one in nonfiction. Each writer may submit only one entry. All entries must be previously unpublished and must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2016. The winners will be announced in December, and the winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. For current members of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, there is no entry fee; for everyone else, membership in the ALSCW is required. The necessary information for membership can be found by clicking on “Membership” at the top of our web page or by clicking on this link. All members of the ALSCW receive the annual three issues of our flagship journal, Literary Imagination, as well as access to our newsletter and the ability to attend our conferences and local gatherings.

• For the Meringoff Poetry Award, each entry can be one poem, or a group of poems that add up to no more than 150 lines.

• For the Meringoff Fiction Award, each entry should be one story, or a chapter of a longer work, totaling no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

• For the Meringoff Nonfiction Award, each entry should be one nonfiction piece, or a chapter of a longer work, totaling no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

All entries will be judged anonymously. Please include THREE COPIES of your entry with your name, email address, postal address and phone number ON ONLY ONE OF THEM. All submissions should be postmarked not later than October 15 , 2016 to:

Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Awards
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Marist Hall, The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20064

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2016 Invitation and Call for Papers: ALSCW Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ALSCW Conference will take place from Thursday, October 27th to October 30h at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. You can find the detailed call for papers by clicking here.

We have a tremendous event in the making.  The exceptional quality of the sessions, performances, and special events we are assembling will help us reach that goal.  If you have a university or another institutional affiliation, feel free to share the CFP with your colleagues, including people in the departments of English, Creative Writing, Classics, and Modern Languages.




Ernest Suarez

Vice President, ALSCW

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Call for Papers: CERCOP-conference, Aalborg University, Denmark

Invitation and call for papers

Key note speakers:

Marjorie Perloff, University of Southern California
Peter Dayan, University of Edinburgh
Unni Langås, University of Agder
Mats Jansson, University of Gothenburg

The conference takes place in Aalborg, Denmark, December 3rd to December 5th 2015 and is arranged by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry (research cooperation between University of Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark, and Hedmark University College, Norway).

Venue: Kroghstræde 3, Auditorium 1.104, Aalborg University

Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry:
The Experiments in Contemporary Poetry is the fourth conference of CERCOP (Centre for Research in Contemporary Poetry) and the project “Contemporary Poetry between Genres, Art Forms and Media”, which was established in 2013 with a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK). The project focuses on the explosive development with regard to the production, distribution and reception of poetry, which we have witnessed in recent decades. An orientation towards sound and performance has taken place, in which poetry, drama and music have entered into new constellations. We have seen more extensive sampling poetry and an orientation towards the narrative, as well as syntheses between poetry and visual artistic expressions. The technological development of the media has contributed to the development of new poetic forms of interaction on the Internet. The aim of the conference is to develop new interdisciplinary methods for reading contemporary poetry, and to discuss the literary-historical, art-historical, social and political implications of the expansion of poetry as a genre.

We invite all scholars and doctoral candidates to present papers that address the questions and issues mentioned above. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

· Intermediality: word, sound and image in the digital age
· Politics of space: poetry in digital or real public spaces
· Sensibilities: affects, atmospheres and materialities
· History: rethinking poetry (old or new) in respect to media (old or new)
· Conceptualism: challenges to the poiesis of poetry
· Translation: the local and the global
· Interventions: poetry outside of poetry, or reading the world poetically
· Autonomy vs. heteronomy: the borders of poetry
· Poetry now: close-readings of contemporary poetry
· Interfaces: between poetry and criticism
· Other arts: as in film and poetry

The time for paper presentations is strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The official language of the conference is English. Please send your abstract (around 300 words) including a short CV as an attachment to Peter Stein Larsen ( or Louise Mønster (

The deadline for paper proposals is August 15th, 2015.

Please let us know if you wish to be registered as a participant without presenting a paper.

The conference fee will be 120 EUR including conference dinner. A preliminary conference program will be published November 1st at

The conference is kindly hosted by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry, Aalborg University and the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University.

Conference organizers: Peter Stein Larsen and Louise Mønster

Conference Committee: Peter Stein Larsen, Louise Mønster, Rasmus Dahl Vest and Jakob Schweppenhäuser, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University and members of CERCOP.


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Extended Deadline for Seminars

The call for papers for the seminars has been extended until November 1. The seminars will be held in the special collections library at UGA, where participants are invited to consult the holdings. Proposals of 300 words should be sent as email attachments to Sarah Spence ( on or before November 1, 2012. Click here for more information

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Call for Papers deadline extended to December 15

We are extending the deadline for proposals for papers and seminar presentations at the March 9-11 ALSCW Annual Conference to December 15. Please share this news with anyone who may be interested in submitting a proposal. The complete Call for Papers is available on our homepage.

We will meet at Claremont McKenna College on March 9-11, 2012. It will be an exciting conference, with sessions on Ariosto, Perfection and Imperfection in Medieval Literature, Lincoln and American Culture, Poetry and Philosophy, Literature and Culture of the Stalin Era, Literature of California, and Roman Elegy. Our Meringoff Seminar on Ralph Ellison will be hosted by Adam Bradley, the editor of Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting. Other seminars will be about Critical Editions, Names and Naming, and History as Literature. In addition, we will have poetry readings by B. H. Fairchild and Timothy Steele, and a musical performance (in connection with the panel on Literature of the Stalin Era) by Steven Cassedy.

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Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for our 18th annual conference – happening March 9-11, 2012 at Claremont McKenna College in California – has been posted to our home page. Read through it to learn more about the different panels and seminars that will taking place at the conference.

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Submit your work for the RES Essay Prize

The editors of The Review of English Studies invite contributions to the RES Essay Prize on any topic of English literature or the English language from medieval times to the twentieth century. The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in The Review of English Studies
  • A cash prize of £250
  • £250 worth of OUP books
  • A free year’s subscription to The Review of English Studies

How to enter:

You can read past winning essays for FREE at

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2009 ALSC Conference Call for Papers

The ALSC Conference Program Committee invites proposals for papers and presentations to be considered for the 2009 conference at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel in Denver, October 9-11. Descriptions of each panel and seminar topic appear below, along with e-mail addresses and other contact information for submissions. Please bear in mind that there will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range and variety of a session’s contributions. The pleasure of the conveners is to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain is to be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.

Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the session by July 3. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the panel or seminar and (2) the Association’s office at On your e-mail’s “subject” line, please give your name and other information in the following form: “ALSC 2009, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name, Last Name].” For details regarding submission length, please refer to the individual instructions for each session.

If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging receipt of your proposal.

For details regarding submission length, please refer to the individual instructions for each session.

You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate in the conference program as a panelist or seminarian. ALSC members receive a discount on conference registration.


Panel One: Saving the Planet: You and Your Literary Not-for-Profit
Convener: David Rothman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Almost all of those who labor in the vineyards of the literary world will spend much of their professional lives as members of, or employed by, or helping to run non-profit corporations (such as the ALSC), yet relatively few of us study how such organizations work. If we are to make any progress in our advocacy for literary education and the literary imagination we must not only do the best possible work in our areas of expertise, but also strive to build the strongest possible organizations. This panel brings together a group of writers, editors, critics and scholars who also have extensive experience in running literary and educational non-profits to discuss crucial issues that are often invisible, viz. governance, management, fundraising, advocacy, and the planning that are necessary if such institutions are to thrive. Please send proposals to David Rothman at, with a CC to

Panel Two: Ancient Drama, Modern Practice
Convener: Michael Poliakoff (University of Colorado)
Each generation creates new versions and adaptations of the classics. This panel will examine recent translations, performances and adaptations of the classic drama of Greece and Rome, examining a wide range of forms (theater, film, dance, opera, forms of translation, etc.) the underlying question to be addressed is that of what classical antiquity means to contemporary artists and audiences. Please send proposals to Michael Poliakoff at, with a CC to

Panel Three: ALSC: The Year in Print
Convener: TBA
This panel focuses on work that ALSC has published in the past year, focusing on Literary Imagination, Forum, and Literary Matters. Panelists will discuss major pieces from these journals and respond to them, extending the conversation and foregrounding the publications of ALSC. Please send proposals to

Panel Four: The K –12 English Curriculum: Challenges and Proposals
Convener: Sandra Stotsky (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
Most ALSC members are aware of the discouraging news about K-12 English and literature curricula and testing. Scores continue to decline, standards are low, and literature per se seems to be ever more displaced in favor of other initiatives. These developments have a direct impact not only on student preparedness for college, but also on the larger literary culture. This panel will discuss the challenges facing those who would work for K-12 literature curriculum reform and suggest concrete proposals for action and change. Please send proposals to Sandra Stotsky at, with a CC to

Panel Five: The Once and Future Sonnet
Convener: David Mikics (University of Houston)
Rumors of the death of the sonnet continue to be exaggerated. Indeed, the sonnet seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Many journals are publishing more sonnets than they used to, and there are even a number of new periodicals devoted entirely to the form, such as the online publications 14 by 14 and Contemporary Sonnet. This panel will examine the resilience of the sonnet and prospects for its future, paying close attention to the history of the form and discussing some of it preeminent current practitioners. Please send proposals to David Mikics at, with a CC to

Panel Six: Dostoevsky in the 21st Century
Convener: Susan McReynolds (Northwestern University)
Dostoevsky’s novels are paradoxical texts: they are deeply rooted in Dostoevsky’s Russia, yet have also become classics of world literature. Dostoevsky claimed that he was writing for Russians of his own time, and expressed disbelief that real Russian art, such as his novels, could be understood by Western Europeans. What are the challenges, potential pitfalls, and possible advantages to teaching Dostoevsky as world literature, in English (or other non-Slavic) departments, or in courses on the novel? This session seeks to gather perspectives from scholars teaching this text in a variety of settings. What strategies do we have for making a text embedded in nineteenth-century Russian culture accessible to our twenty-first century students? Our goal is to present a variety of pedagogical strategies and engage in dialog about the nature of cross-cultural education in different institutional environments. Please send proposals to Susan McReynolds at, with a CC to

Panel Seven: Who Reads What Where? The Western Canon in New Contexts
Convener: TBA
The culture and theory wars may have died down on college campuses, but the way that works of literature are transmitted from generation to generation and place to place remains a perennial question, especially given the advent of increasingly powerful electronic communication. The recent success in English of a wide range of imaginative works from around the world suggests both continuity and change in how the western canon of literature is understood. This panel will examine this question and the prospects for the future of the literary past. Please send proposals to


The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.
Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person accepted for a seminar will receive an official letter of invitation to the conference and will be listed in its program. Seminar participants will write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and will circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the papers prior to the conference. The listing of the titles in the conference program should help participants obtain travel funding for the conference from their home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are eligible to apply for these seminars, but graduate students and junior faculty especially are encouraged to do so; we hope that senior scholars and others will spread the word and encourage their graduate students and junior colleagues to apply. The four seminars will run concurrently. Those admitted as participants in each seminar will participate in the actual discussion, but anyone at the conference is welcome to attend one of the seminars as an auditor—not a participant—provided there is sufficient room. Details on submission of abstracts are given above and on the topics of the seminars below.

Seminar One: Great Books II
Convener: David Clemens (Monterey Peninsula College)
Brief papers, 2-4 pages long, are requested that focus on the deployment of Great Books—and particular Great Books authors—in the classroom, either in elective courses or as part of a core curriculum. What approaches might be taken to teaching such courses and what goals can be achieved? Among possible topics one might include such classic authors’ focus on the universal and perennial as objects of study and writing, the role of history in studying their work, and the relation of such courses to more narrowly disciplinary courses in reading and writing, including courses with a far smaller literary component. Other topics might be the role of Great Books in the remediation of cultural illiteracy and critical thinking skills among minority and underserved students, and the role of Great Books in faculty professional development. Abstracts, proposals, or the papers themselves should be sent to, with a CC to

Seminar Two: Poetry and the Web
Convener: Susan Harris (Words Without Borders)
As more journals and literary magazines move to partial or complete online publication, and Websites such as post classic and contemporary poems free of charge, poetry is more available than it has ever been. What are the implications of this expanded accessibility? How has the Internet altered approaches to reading, publishing, and writing poetry? To what particular uses can Internet publication be put? Publishers, poets, critics, and scholars will discuss issues including reception, dissemination, copyright protection, and how the shift from print to online has affected traditional markets. Abstracts, proposals, or the papers themselves should be sent to, with a CC to

Seminar Three: Historicisms
Convener: Susan Wolfson and Ron Levao (Princeton University)
In literary studies, historicism is a term with meanings as varied as its deployments. In critical and classroom practice, social, political, economic, and intellectual contexts may illuminate as well as marginalize formalist and aesthetic concerns, expanding possibilities and focusing attentive reading, or purging supposed anachronism and chastising undesirable interests and indulgences. This seminar encourages fresh investigations into relations between literary and historical scholarship, and is directed especially toward critics, teachers, and scholars with a devotion to both, and to the lively intersections. How does literary work exploit the tensions of its historical contexts? In what way are authors determined by their contexts, and in what ways do authors bend and trope their contexts? Is the case for a reciprocal relation between texts and contexts even necessary? All historical periods and perspectives welcome—for both literary cases to consider, and for various kinds of historicisms.

Please send short papers (up to 5 pages), focusing on practical instances and/or taking wider views, to Professors Susan Wolfson and Ronald Levao, 64 Stoney Brook Lane, Princeton New Jersey 08540-7512, and also by e-mail attachment to, with a CC to

Seminar Four: Open – Call for Papers
Convener: TBA
ALSC invites members to submit topics for seminars. All such proposals will be read by the Conference Coordinator, the ALSC President and the Programs Manager. The seminar proposal selected will be chaired by the proposer in Denver, and a call for papers will be issued immediately following the acceptance of the proposal. Proposals should be e-mailed to

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Evelyn Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest

Through the generosity of an anonymous patron, Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies is able to sponsor the fifth annual Evelyn Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest. The editors welcome essays on any aspect of Waugh’s life or work. Essays should normally be no longer than 5000 words or 20 pages. The prize is $250. The deadline is 31 December 2009. Submit essays to Dr. John H. Wilson, English Dept., Lock Haven University, Lock Haven PA 17745, or

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Call for Papers on Great Expectations and Four Other Titles

A message from Ignatius Critical Editions series editor Joseph Pearce.

We are looking for critical essays for the next batch of Ignatius Critical Editions. The first six titles have now been published. The third and fourth batches are already being edited and we are now ready to accept essays for the fifth
batch. The five titles for which we are making this call for papers are as follows:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Great Expectations
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Mansfield Park
  • Moby Dick

Essays should be written in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) from a tradition-oriented critical perspective and should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length. Contributors will be paid 10 cents per word for accepted essays if the work is previously unpublished and a payment of $100 will be made for previously published essays. Deadline for receipt of all essays will be July 1st, 2009.

Please reply by e-mail if you are interested in submitting an essay, giving details of your proposed title or thesis.

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