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.

Lee University's 12th Annual Literary Symposium

Sponsored by the Alpha Beta Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Lee University
Cleveland, TN

A $10 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. This year, a lunchtime plenary session features Matthew W. Irvin of Sewanee: The University of the South.

Sigma Tau Delta members and/or English majors and minors may submit critical essays or creative pieces. Documents need to be double-spaced and in the doc or docx file format. Works must not exceed 10 pages.

If submissions are accepted, the submitter is required to attend the event.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014
Email submissions to:
Dr. Chad D. Schrock,

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power

Co-sponsored by the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Graduate Organization at Western Illinois University (WIU)

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Location: Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Purpose: This co-sponsored conference serving all undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region of Sigma Tau Delta will promote discussion on the themes of Place, Privilege, and Power in any area of English studies, including but not limited to writing studies, pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, film studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. We welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and although we are interested particularly in papers about place, privilege, and/or power, any topics within English Studies will be welcomed.

The conference will include a keynote address on the afternoon of Saturday, October 25, by Dr. Julie Rak, a professor of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals including Prose Studies, Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and International Journal of Canadian Studies, and her keynote address will focus on her current book project, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing and Film.

The conference will also include a workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. The workshop, which will be run by the Midwestern Regent Timothy Helwig, the Midwestern Student Representative Tim Leonard, and the Midwestern Associate Student Representative Lindsay Hansard, will focus on strategies for meeting the challenges of recruiting members and invigorating local chapters.

Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Literature of Place
  • Rhetoric of Power
  • The State of the Major
  • Sustainability
  • Agrarian Literature
  • Privilege
  • Higher Education
  • Colonialism
  • Capitalism and Consumerism
  • Displacement
  • Class
  • Tradition and Custom
  • Language, Rhetoric, and Power
  • Race and Power
  • Home
  • New Media
  • Positionality
  • Marginalization

Please send 250-word abstracts to by September 30, 2014.

We also welcome submissions by post:
English Graduate Organization
Department of English & Journalism
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

For further information, please visit our website.

Submission Deadline Extension: Friday, September 30, 2014
Email Submissions to:
Email questions to: Tim Helwig,

3rd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies

Sponsored by Central Michigan University's (CMU) Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Location: Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose: The 3rd Annual CMU Conference on English Studies is intended to promote discussion on the themes of Autonomy, Authority, and Anarchy. Central to the idea of democratic governance is the autonomy of the individual and the authority of the state, often juxtaposed by the threat of anarchy. These concepts apply not only to conflicts of government, but also to fields of thought in academic studies. By examining these three principles, the conference presenters and attendees will explore the past, present, and future of English studies.

We will consider autonomy through examination of the ability of the individual to create and subscribe to his or her own beliefs. Conversations about authority will inspire exploration into the values of society. Finally, we will explore the concept of anarchy and its potential to complicate the relationship between autonomy and authority.

Submission guidelines can be found on the conference website.

Online Registration: Tuesday, September 2 - Monday, November 3, 2014
Submission Deadline:
Friday, September 19, 2014
Direct Questions to:

Revise the World: Carson Academic Conference

Sponsored by Chatham University's Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Location: Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose: The Chatham University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta invites submissions for our fifth annual Revise the World: Carson Academic Conference.

Academic and creative papers written for undergraduate or graduate courses are eligible for submission. Papers must be related to international, environmental, or women's studies subjects. All critical presentations should be about 15 minutes long (8 pages or 2,400 words). Creative presentations related to these themes should be about 10 minutes long. Presenters are encouraged to bring visual materials to engage their audience, but these materials are not required.

Critical Paper Proposals: Submit 250-word abstract

Creative Writing Proposals: Submit 200-word synopsis and a 1-page sample of the work

Online Registration: Tuesday, September 2 - Monday, November 3, 2014
Submission Deadline:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Submit proposals to:

2013 Southwestern Region Conference

University of Central Oklahoma Language and Linguistics Student Conference and Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Region Meeting

Sponsored by the UCO Language Society in collaboration with the UCO Department of English, UCO English Society, and Sigma Tau Delta's Southwestern Region

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK
Facebook Group: Language and Linguistics Student Conference (LLSC)

Purpose: To feature undergraduate and graduate student research in the fields of language and linguistics through papers and presentations by students from national and international institutions, and to promote fellowship and networking among the chapters of Sigma Tau Delta's Southwestern Region.

The Language and Linguistics Student Conference is now open for submissions. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for individual presentations and organized panels. Individual presentations should be 12 to 15 minutes. Panel presenters may select a 50 or 65-minute time block. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, relationships between and among language, linguistics, and their many applications in:

  • natural and artificial languages
  • indigenous languages
  • extinct and endangered languages
  • American Sign Language
  • speech pathology and hearing sciences
  • language and cognition
  • theoretical and applied linguistics
  • structural, semantic, or phonological analyses
  • comparative grammars
  • discourse/text analyses
  • rhetoric, the arts, literature, and the humanities
  • academic, pedagogical, cultural, and sociological construct

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to by Monday, September 22, 2014. Late submissions are not guaranteed consideration for presentation. Please include the title of the presentation at the top of the abstract without any personal identifying information; however, please include identifying information in the body of the email message.

  • Individual submissions should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • Panel submissions should be sent as a single document containing the title of the panel, and a description of the panel's focus of no more than 200-words. If appropriate, panelists may submit a 150-word titled abstract along with the panel submission.

Presentations may be readings or visual presentations. Please note: PowerPoint presentations only and must be PC compatible. PowerPoint must be delivered via flash drive. Internet connection is not guaranteed. No poster presentations will be accepted. Authors must currently be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in at least three credit hours at an accredited college or university or must have graduated with a degree no earlier than December 2013.

Presenters will be eligible to submit a written copy of their conference presentations for publication of the conference proceedings in the winter issue of the ScissorTale Review, the University of Central Oklahoma's Department of English online journal of student work. For more information visit the ScissorTale website. Instructions for submission and further details will be provided at the conference.

Registration includes the conference luncheon, t-shirt, tote bag, and access to all conference events.

Questions regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to

View conference website
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014
Acceptance Notication: Monday, October 6, 2014
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014

Literary Dystopias: Divergence and Beyond

Sponsored by Azusa Pacific University's (APU) Alpha Epsilon Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Location: Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Purpose: Azusa Pacific University's Alpha Epsilon Tau Chapter invites all graduate and undergraduate members in the Far Western Region of Sigma Tau Delta to submit critical essays and creative writing on the topic of Dystopian Fiction. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Dystopia and environmentalism
  • Film adaptation of dystopian fiction
  • Dystopia and women's reproduction
  • YA dystopia: why does this genre appeal to young people?
  • Dystopia and scientific ethics (cloning, eugenics)
  • Dystopia and faith (Can organized religion exist in a dystopian universe?
  • "Othering" in dystopia: in this new future, who is marginalized and why?
  • Evolution of utopian/dystopian genre: how has the genre changed?
  • Writing or teaching speculative fiction

Priority will be given to submitters who are already Sigma Tau Delta members; however, submissions from non-members will be considered, as well as submissions on other topics.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Brashear, Ph.D., a professor of literature for adolescents and children at Azusa Pacific University, regularly reads and reviews literature for these age groups. She recently presented "The Hero's Quest for Deliverance from the Eye of the Hurricane: Two Dystopian Novels for Young Adults," a paper for the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Submissions should consist of an abstract or synopsis of your paper or creative work no longer than a page in length. Final papers should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words for a presentation time of between 10-15 minutes. Creative work, prose fiction, flash fiction and poetry, should meet equivalent scope and length of approximately 6-8 typewritten (double-spaced) pages. Please include on your abstract: name, chapter name, university or college name, your email address. Work should be submitted via email attachments (preferably in Word or in Word compatible software) to:

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Acceptance Notification: Monday, November 3, 2014; registration information will be sent at that time.
Email Questions to: Dr. Andrea Ivanov-Craig, Faculty Sponsor and Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Regent, at