Writing the Midwest

deadline for submissions: 
January 10, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
contact email: 

Call for Proposals


Writing the Midwest:

A Symposium of Scholars and Creative Writers


the 48th Annual Conference of the

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature


May 17 – May 19, 2018

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University




We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables on Midwestern literature, and readings of original creative work with a Midwestern emphasis.


Deadline: no later than Dec. 31, 2017

Find the link to an online proposal form at ssml.org/symposium.


Proposals are also welcome for Friday night events: poetry slams, film screenings, dramatic readings, etc.


Proposals related to the work of 2018 Mark Twain Award winner Tim O’Brien are especially invited and should be directed to

Sara Kosiba (skosiba@troy.edu).



SSML sponsors three $250 prizes for unpublished original work read at the symposium in poetry, creative prose, and literary criticism.


There is also a $1,000 prize for student work in any genre. Winning entries in all four contests will be published in the 2017 volume of MidAmerica.


Student scholarships for travel

Joseph Wydeven Scholarships are available to students whose proposals are accepted. The scholarship will cover


• the membership fee for one year,

• conference registration fee,

• one ticket for the awards banquet, and

• some reimbursement to help defray travel and hotel accommodations (based on distance travelled).


Presenters whose proposals are accepted must have paid the 2018 dues of $50 ($25 for students) before their names will be listed on

the program. Become a member at ssml.org/membership.