Short Fiction: Theory and Criticism (SCMLA 2014, Austin, TX; Abstract Deadline March 31st)

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South Central Modern Language Association
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We invite papers exploring short fiction or the theory of short fiction from any period. The conference theme is "Forces of Nature" and we particularly invite submissions that deal with literary representations of nature, or engage with questions of the natural or unnatural in short fiction. Papers that take an eco-critical approach to short fiction are also very welcome.

Abstracts for the Short Fiction: Theory and Criticism regular session should be 250-300 words in length and must be submitted via email by March 31. Include your name, your university and departmental affiliation, contact email, paper title, and audio/visual equipment requirements in the body of the email. Please send all submissions to

If your paper is selected for the session, you will need to become a member of SCMLA by April 30th and register for the conference by August 31st. The 2014 SCMLA Annual Convention will be held October 18-22 in Austin, TX. For more information about SCMLA or the conference, please visit:

Steve Marsden
Short Fiction: Theory and Criticism Session Chair
Stephen F. Austin State University