Binghamton University: Call for Papers and Panels

This is a great opportunity from Binghampton University for students wishing to get some conference experience.
Writing by Degrees, the nation’s oldest graduate-run creative writing conference, is now accepting paper and panel proposals for its 2014 event—a two-day celebration of writing, pedagogy, and community building at Binghamton University’s state-of-the-art Downtown Center. We invite exciting and high quality submissions by graduate students for creative readings and academic panels. Poets, fiction writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds are welcome. Possible academic topics include creative writing pedagogy, craft across the genres, critical theory and creative work, the role of writing in the political world, and the creative writing job market. All panels will be 90 minutes in length, with individual presentations and readings not to exceed 20 minutes.
Conference Dates: March 14-15, 2014
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: February 20, 2014
Keynote Speakers: Stephanie Powell Watts and Jill Bialosky

Submission Guidelines:
All applicants must be currently enrolled as graduate students in order to be eligible.
Creative Submissions
  • Creative prose, fiction, or creative non-fiction should be of a length to be read within a 20-minute period (roughly 10-12 pages)
  • Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages
Academic Submissions

Please submit an abstract, not to exceed 350 words.
Possible Academic Submission Topics:

  • the craft and/or practice of writing
  • creative writing pedagogy
  • creative writing versus composition
  • the avant-garde in poetry or fiction

How to Submit
Please submit abstracts and creative submissions, in .doc or .docx format, via email to
Please include the following:
  • A cover letter containing the following information: author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and the genre of the proposal, e.g. academic or creative. Creative proposals should also include a short bio.
  • An abstract for academic proposals or a creative excerpt for readings. Academic abstracts should not exceed 350 words; creative nonfiction and fiction submissions should include a 2-4 page excerpt; poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages. Please include first and last name and page numbers on all material.
If Submitting a Panel Topic, please provide the three linked abstracts/excerpts with a short paragraph explaining the overarching theme. Panel submissions may cross genres. 

All questions concerning the conference should be sent Please Note: that upon acceptance, there will be a $20 conference fee, excepting graduate students from Binghamton University.

Writing By Degrees
Graduate Creative Writing Conference
Binghamton University
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