Fairy Tale Area at PCA in Philly, 4/15-4/18

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Amanda Caleb/Popular Culture Association
contact email: 

The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association seeks paper presentations and panels on the diverse range of fairy tales throughout the world. This year, we particularly seek papers focused on pedagogical uses of fairy tales at all levels and in all fields, discussions of folkloric shifts from oral to literary to visual (filmic, artistic, etc) versions of tales, and creative pieces that retell or critique fairy tales or use the tales to comment on some aspect of culture or history. Still, we are interested in as wide an array of papers as possible, so please do not hesitate to send a submission on any fairy tale related subject.

Please submit your proposal of 250-300 words and a short, academic bio through the PCA conference submission site: https://pcaaca.org/conference/2020/submitting-paper-proposal-pca-conference. We cannot accept abstracts/bios by email. However, groups proposing panels should email the area chairs in advance of submission to indicate which papers/writers will be included and the panel’s ideal title. Panels must include four presenters/papers of approximately 15 minutes each. Each presenter will submit their paper individually to the database, and the area chairs will combine them into the desired panel.

When we review abstracts we look for cogent, tightly-focused ideas that provide enough detail for us to see where you are headed and abstracts that indicate a paper that can fit within the time constraints of the panel. Panels run 90 minutes with four presenters, so each paper should be written for a length of 15-20 minutes (about 2100 words). 

Please send all inquiries to:

-Amanda Mordavsky Caleb

Misericordia University


-Linda J. Holland-Toll

Mount Olive College


-Amanda Boyd

University of North Dakota



Important Dates

August 1, 2019            Submission Page Goes Live
October 1, 2019          Early Bird Registration Opens
November 1, 2019      Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment Grants
December 1, 2019      Early Bird Registration ENDS
January 1, 2020           Regular Registration ENDS
January 2, 2020           Late Registration BEGINS
January 15, 2020         Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020         Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020         Registration for Presenters ENDS—participants who have not registered dropped from program at the end of day


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.