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.

Sigma Tau Delta Southern Conference

Discovering the World in a Word

Sponsored by the Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Friday, October 2 - Saturday, October 3, 2015

Flagler College; St. Augustine, FL

This year, 2015, St. Augustine, Florida, celebrates its 450th year. It's a milestone that invites reflection on the city as well as on the process of discovery. Discovery often requires a vision, a destination, and dedication. In keeping with the city's celebration of discovery, the Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Flagler College will hold an undergraduate research conference for the Southern Region: "Discovering the World in a Word." Flagler College's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta invites eligible members to send proposals for papers, creative works, and panels on "discovery" and related topics.

Submission Requirements:
We are calling for PAPERS that explore the idea of discovery through text. Submissions are open to current Sigma Tau Delta members, faculty, and alumni (former Sigma Tau Delta members). Papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length. Eligible presenters may submit ONE paper (critical work, panel, or creative work). Presentations are welcome as individual critical works, panels of critical works with three members, or creative works. Original creative works shall also be limited to 3,000 words, so submit a short work or an excerpt of: fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplay/drama, or a collection of up to five poems. Critical presentations are welcome on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Anglo Saxon and medieval British literature
  • 16th/17th century British literature
  • Restoration and/or 18th century British literature
  • Romanticism and/or early 19th century British literature
  • Victorian and/or late 19th century British literature
  • 20th/21st century British literature
  • Colonial American literature
  • 19th century American literature
  • 20th/21st century American literature
  • World literature
  • Popular culture
  • Critical theory
  • Film and media study
  • Teaching English language and literature, practices and pedagogy
  • Young adult literature
  • Graphic novels and memoirs
  • Alternative literature

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Files should be named like this: "LastName,Critical/Panel/Fiction/Poetry/NonFicPlay"
  • Maximum 3,000-word critical or creative papers
  • For critical works, be sure to include a category (from the list above) that your paper falls into in the body of the email

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
Email Submissions to:
Acceptance Notifications: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lee University Literary Symposium

Sponsored by the Alpha Beta Iota Chapter at Lee University

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lee University; Cleveland, TN

This symposium features undergraduates reading their critical and/or creative works, and will last roughly from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We are excited once again to host this event and are encouraged by the atmosphere of warmth, camaraderie, and earnest interest and discussion that has developed among the various students and schools presenting. We look forward to seeing both newcomers and return guests from around the region and beyond.

Keynote Speaker:
Our plenary speaker this year, Carissa Turner Smith, is associate professor of English at Charleston Southern University and writes on a wide range of subjects, including spiritual autobiography, African American literature, children's and young adult literature, and feminist theory. For instance, she has an article about relics in Harry Potter and other children's literature coming out soon in Literature and Theology.

Submission Requirements:
Undergraduate students are welcome to submit any upper-level academic or creative writing. Acceptable genres include critical essays, literary analyses, poetry, fiction, short plays, screenplays, and creative nonfiction. Submissions should be no longer than 10 pages.

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
  • Pay at the door
  • Includes breakfast and lunch

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015
Email Submissions to:
Chad Schrock,
Email Questions to: Chad Schrock,

Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Conference

Sponsored by the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fort Hays State University; Hays, Kansas

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

Keynote Speaker:
We will have a special reading by Eric McHenry, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, on the evening of Friday, October 23, as well as a special writing workshop with award-winning playwright Catherine Trieschmann on Friday afternoon. Other activities include: a session to generate roundtable submissions for the International Convention in March, including a discussion of the Common Reader, The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter; workshops on creative writing, including a warm-up for NaNoWriMo; and an open mic event. 

Preliminary Schedule:
Friday, October 23
2:00 - 5:15 p.m. Conference opening, workshop with Catherine Trieschmann, and first session (with refreshments)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reading by Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas

Saturday, October 24
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast (included in registration)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two morning sessions
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (included in registration)
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Two afternoon sessions
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Regional networking
5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and open mic (schedule TBD)

Submission Requirements:
Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, current Sigma Tau Delta members, and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta. Eligible presenters may submit either a critical essay or a creative work in any genre; submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, or pedagogy. Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Lexey Bartlett, at if you have questions about the topic of your paper.

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • Files should be named like this: "LastNameCritical" or "LastNameCreative"
  • Maximum 2,500-word critical or creative papers
  • For critical works, be sure to include a category (from the list above) that your paper falls into in the body of the email, and for creative works, please specify the genre of the work in the body of the email. For both, please include the title of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student. If you require audio-visual technology for your presentation, please indicate that as well.

Registration Fee:
$20 per person (deadline October 12, 2015)

Registration Form

Travel grants of at least $100 will be given to chapters who attend, with some additional funds for those traveling longer distances.

Submission Deadline Extension: Monday, September 28, 2015
Email Submissions to:
Email Questions to: Dr. Lexey Bartlett,
Acceptance Notifications: Monday, September 28, 2015

The 4th Annual Conference on English Studies: Dreams, Decay, Deconstruction

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

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Central Michigan University Campus, Anspach Hall; Mount Pleasant, MI

Dreams may represent the hopes, wishes, and desires of people. Without fruition, these aspirations may decay over time or be destroyed in an instant. On the other hand, dreams can help people find hope in times of decay and destruction. The fleeting and intangible properties of dreams also manifest themselves in depictions of the subconscious, which may have the ability to decay sanity or reveal destruction that otherwise would be suppressed. What are we hiding in our dreams?

The 4th Annual Conference on English Studies will participate in discussion surrounding these three themes.

Submission Requirements:
Undergraduate and graduate students are welcomed to submit either creative poetry or prose, or analytical essays revolving around dreams, decay, and deconstruction to present at the conference. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract with a title. Panel proposals also are welcome.

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:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students: $15
  • Faculty and general public: $20
  • A $5 fee will be added to original registration prices for those registering on the day of the event
  • Conference fees include admission to all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Email Submissions to: Central Michigan Universities Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta,
Email Questions to: Katelyn Polhemus,

Additional Information:
Online registration will be open from September 14 to October 18
More information and updates on the conference can be found at:

Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Conference

"English at Play": A Conference on Language and Literature

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

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Western Illinois University; Macomb, IL

This co-sponsored conference serving all undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region of Sigma Tau Delta will promote discussion on the theme of “play” and literature.

Literature is far from static. It is always changing and evolving. Authors take it upon themselves to alter the ways we perceive stories and ideas. In that way, English is always at play, be it characters playing mind games, authors playing with stereotypes, theorists challenging gender roles, or fans playing board games based on their favorite books. We encourage papers focused on the more playful, less stringent roles of language and literature in our lives.

Keynote Speaker:
The conference will include a keynote address by Dr. William Kuskin, Associate Vice Provost for Education Innovation and professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work includes a three-part series on the history of printing from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period, a popular Online Course on Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and several works-in-progress relating to modern comics culture.

The conference will also include regional networking and a special workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. The workshop, “Show Off Your Chapter: A How-To Guide to Displays & Tabling,” will be hosted by Midwestern Student Representative Shelly Romero and Midwestern Associate Student Representative Danielle Martin. 

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

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

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

  • Play in Literature
  • Literature as Play
  • Playing with Language
  • Games
  • Sports
  • Playing with Gender
  • Adaptations
  • Game Theory
  • New Media
  • Queer Theory
  • Theater
  • Popular Culture
  • Playing and Pedagogy
  • Subversion of the Expected

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

Document Format:

  • Word document
  • 250-word abstract

Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Email Submissions to: English Graduate Organization,
Email Questions to: Dr. Timothy Helwig,

Additional Information: A conference website, hosted by WIU’s English Graduate Organization, will be available by the end of September and will provide details about registration fees, local hotels, etc.

Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Conference

Perspectives from the Margins: Reexamining Movements, Figures, and Texts

Sponsored by the Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Friday, November 13 - Saturday, November 14, 2015

California State University, Fullerton; Fullerton, CA

Sigma Tau Delta at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), invites submissions—from all disciplines and levels—to this year’s Far Western Regional Conference, “Perspectives from the Margins: Reexamining Movements, Figures, and Texts.”

This conference seeks to explore what it means for texts to be on the margins and pushing against genre or societal boundaries, as well as the importance of paying attention to figures, texts, and movements that are often ignored or marginalized by the literary canon. Texts are anything that can be interpreted, whether it be words, images, or sounds. These can take the form of novels, poetry, plays, essays, graphic novels, movies, television, music, or journalism. We would like to provide a place for conversation about non-traditional readings and perspectives of texts, from old and new media, that shed light on counter-culture perspectives and voices. We also strongly encourage submissions that incorporate new ways of thinking about traditional texts through lenses that open up discussions of race, gender, or politics.

Submission Requirements:
Abstracts for the conference should include interpretations of texts, characters, narrators, symbols, or movements (cultural or literary) that have functioned to push against the “norms” or margins of literary forms, social constructs, or language. Abstracts may also address arguments concerning canonized ideas of gender, class, or structure. We are accepting both paper and panel presentation proposals.

Possible topics for the conference may include:

  • The Beat Poets: Figures of Counterculture and Rebellion
  • Unsung and Unlikely Heroes: From the Literary Canon to Disney Movies
  • Voices of the Revolution: Songs and Poems from the Marginalized
  • "Give Us Your Tired, Hungry, and Poor": Class Relations in America
  • Celebrating the Anti-Heroes of Action Movies
  • Repressed Bodies: Texts of Sexuality
  • Modern-Day Soliloquies: Rethinking Established Literary Conventions
  • Teaching in the Digital Age: Uses of Non-Conventional Texts in the Classroom

If you would like to submit a panel presentation proposal for 3-4 presenters, please include a description of your panel, the significance of your panel, and the individual abstracts for the panel. Please include each presenter’s name, university affiliation, and academic standing (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral student, or independent scholar).

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

Document Format:

  • Word document or PDF
  • Include your name, university affiliation, and academic standing (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral student, or independent scholar)
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced
  • 250-500 word abstract

Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Email Submissions to: Sigma Tau Delta at CSUF,
Email Questions to: Julia Wasnok,

Additional Information: Please check out our chapter website for more information on the conference, keynote speaker, and maps of our campus.