2013 Convention

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

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Paper and Roundtable Submissions



Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

Hints for Success

Evaluation Criteria


Submission Guidelines

Submission Instructions

Roundtable 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.

The submissions deadline for papers and roundtables is Monday, November 12, 2013, 11:59 p.m. CST.

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


In addition to submitting ONE individual paper or creative work, students and Alumni Epsilon Chapter members* may propose roundtables on suggested topics or topics of general interest to both the discipline and the Society. Roundtables (formerly called panels) should last 75 minutes in length, including Q & A. Roundtables are not a vehicle for the reading of papers. Instead roundtables are designed to promote discussion and exploration of a selected topic, with an emphasis on active engagement of the audience. Successful proposals will indicate not only the role of the roundtable participants but also how they will engage the audience in active dialogue. Faculty may be moderators or participants in a roundtable, though the proposed roundtable would ideally include at least one student participant.

Competition for the limited number of roundtable slots will be lively. Only those roundtables that actively engage the audience in dialogue will be considered. Among equally persuasive proposals, priority will be given to those roundtables that include members from more than one chapter and/or that cover the convention theme of "Open Book" or the 2013 Common Reader.

Helpful Hint: If you have a great idea for a roundtable but don’t know any members at other chapters, contact your Regional Student Representative or Associate Student Representative who can help you use Society resources to connect with members in other chapters.

* 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.


Suggested topics are:

Topics will also be considered from other subjects that can best be explored in interactive, round-table discussions involving the audience. Roundtables are not meant to be sets of correlated essays.

Document Format

Create a Word document using your title as the file name and save the file as a .doc or .docx. Your document must contain the following information:

Instructions for Roundtable Submissions

Step 1: Sign In

Step 2: Authors

Step 3: Add Submission

Step 4: Review and Save

Additional Submissions

Repeat the submission process to add a second roundtable submission. 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 email using the email address associated with their account. Therefore it is vital that submitters keep their email addresses active through 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.