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Young Adult + Series + Romance (proposal deadline Dec. 1)

Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 4:41pm
Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 1, 2023

2023 marks the fortieth anniversary of the initial publication of Sweet Valley High. While Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield may rank amongst the best-known teen romance heroines, the texts themselves exist within a much larger pantheon of series books intended for or read by teens, and featuring romance narratives. The Journal of Popular Romance Studies (JPRS) seeks articles for a special issue devoted to young adult series romance. These articles may focus on YA series romance from any historical period or language context, and may derive from any relevant discipline, including interdisciplinary approaches.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Call for Session Proposals -- ELA Pedagogy Conference

Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 1:54pm
Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2023
  • Conference theme: Connections
  • Date and location of conference: Friday, October 27, 2023 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma 
  • Length of conference sessions: 45 minutes 
  • Length of session proposals: 100 - 150 words
  • Session proposal deadline: EXTENDED to October 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST
  • To submit session proposals, CLICK HERE 
  • Conference registration deadline: October 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST

Failures in print and audiovisual culture

Monday, September 11, 2023 - 9:55am
EUR CREATES / EUR ODYSSEE, Université de Nice
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 6, 2023

This international conference will be held in Cannes, France, on June 6 and 7, 2024.

Organisation : Karine Hildenbrand (MCF, Université Côte d’Azur), Nicolas Labarre (PU, Université Bordeaux Montaigne) et Isabelle Licari-Guillaume (MCF, Université Côte d’Azur).


Alan Garner and the Work of Time

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:57pm
York St John University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023

We are seeking chapters for an edited book on the work of Alan Garner.

Described by Philip Pullman as ‘the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien’, Garner's importance and popularity deserve focussed critical attention.

Children's Literature Association 2024 Conference (Madison, WI; 5/30-6/1)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 11:41pm
Children's Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 15, 2023

Children's Literature Association 2024 Conference

May 30 - June 1, 2024

Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club
Madison, Wisconsin

Theme: Looking Back, Looking Forward:  ChLA at 50

As we approach the 50-year anniversary of the Children’s Literature Association’s founding, we gather to reflect on the past, present, and future of our field. 

CFP: Edited Volume on Studio Ghibli Films as Adaptations (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - 3:40pm
Dominic Nardi
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

This edited volume seeks to collect scholarship on how Studio Ghibli has adapted stories from other media to film. Many of the Japanese animation powerhouse’s films have their origins in novels or comics, such as Diana Wynne Jones Howl's Moving Castle. Studio Ghibli cofounder and director Hayao Miyazaki even adapted his own manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, into a feature film. We seek proposals — from a variety of disciplines and perspectives — for essays exploring how Studio Ghibli’s storytellers have approached adaptation, as well as what the study of Studio Ghibli’s filmography can contribute to the broader field of adaptation studies. 


Possible / Suggested Topics:

CFP: Children’s/Young Adult Culture at Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

Friday, September 1, 2023 - 9:45am
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Call for Papers

Children’s/Young Adult Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


45th Annual Conference, February 21-24, 2024

Marriott Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Submissions open on September 1, 2023

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2023


Bending the Clock: Crip Time in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Friday, September 1, 2023 - 9:39am
Children's Literature Association Accessibility Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 15, 2023

Albert Einstein famously told the world that time is relative, and theorists from various fields–including children’s literature and disability studies–continue to grapple with what that means for lived experience. Children’s literature (and childhood studies more broadly) scholars examine how societies believe young people move through time towards adulthood, leading to theories of developmentalism and stages of childhood (like Piaget’s). Conversely, disability scholars explore what has been termed crip time: the kind of time experienced by people whose disabilities mean that they engage with the world at a different pace than normative time.

ICMS 2024: Medievalisms in Middle Grade and Young Adult Media

Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 4:33pm
Amelia Lehosit
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2023

From Disney films to historical cosplay to young adult fantasy novels to webtoons to viral TikToks, contemporary media continues to shape how younger generations view the medieval world. This panel welcomes papers that discuss contemporary media depictions of the medieval world—whether fictional or historical—aimed at youth audiences and examine ways in which these depictions might shape how younger audiences understand “the medieval.”

"Memory": International Committee Guaranteed Panel

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:37pm
Children's Literature Association, International Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Call for Papers: International Committee Focus Panel

2024 Children’s Literature Association Conference

May 30-June 1, 2024

Madison, Wisconsin, USA




2023 International Seminar: Literature as Discourse

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:18am
Research and Cultural Forum, Department of English, Pondicherry University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2023


International Seminar


Literature as Discourse


5th & 6th October 2023


Organized by



Research and Cultural Forum (RCF)

Department of English

Pondicherry University



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Queer Children's Film and Television

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:17am
Rachel Milne, University of Cambridge; Dr Abigail Jenkins, University of Glasgow
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 18, 2023

Queer Children’s Film and Television

Online One-Day Symposium, 17th November 2023 

Individual papers are welcomed for ‘Queer Children’s Film and Television,’ an online, one-day symposium to be held on 17th November 2023. The symposium explores depictions of queerness in children’s film and television, and the queerness of children’s films and TV. This symposium precedes an opportunity to contribute to a proposed edited collection, intended as a part of Edinburgh University Press’ new ‘Children’s Film and Television’ book series.

Visions of Racial Justice and Childhood: Inequalities, Identities, Politics, Relationalities and Representations

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:17am
Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden seeks proposals for a multidisciplinary conference on Visions of Racial Justice and Childhood to be held in Camden, NJ, USA, on June 6 to June 8, 2024. This conference invites presentations that consider how different social actors and entities, including (but not limited to) governments, corporations, non- governmental organizations, and activist groups, have envisioned racial justice in relation to childhood and youth. What visions of racial justice are sustained, contested, and otherwise engaged across children’s literature, media, and popular culture?

International Conference on Children’s Literature: Classics to Contemporary

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:09am
Kashmiri Section, Department of Modern Indian Languages
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 10, 2023




“Children may not understand all that's happening below the surface of a story. It doesn't matter. Because even though they may not be able to define or verbalize it, they sense there's something more than meets the eye; on an almost subliminal level, they're aware of a richness of texture, or meaning and emotion -- a richness that, in a great book, is inexhaustible. And the child may well come back to it again and again, perhaps long after he's stopped being a child.”

- Lloyd Alexander.



CFP Beowulfs Beyond Beowulf: Transformations of Beowulf in Popular Culture (Panel) (9/30/2023; NeMLA Boston 3/7-10/2024)

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 7:07am
Michael Torregrossa / Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Beowulfs Beyond Beowulf: Transformations of Beowulf in Popular Culture (Panel)


Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and the Monsters & the Monstrous Area of the Northeast Popular Culture Association

Organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, Richard Fahey, Carl Sell, and Benjamin Hoover


Call for Papers - Please Submit Proposals by 30 September 2023

55th Annual Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association

Sheraton Boston Hotel (Boston, MA)

On-site event: 7-10 March 2024

CALL FOR PAPERS: “We’re Going Virtual”: A Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue

Monday, August 14, 2023 - 10:20am
Kyle Eveleth / Otterbein University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The concept of virtual worlds, while not new, has become a normalized part of 21st-century consciousness. Once a realm reserved for playful escape, “dissolv[ing] the constraints of the anchored world so that we can lift anchor—not to drift aimlessly without point, but to explore anchorage in ever-new places” (Heim, 1993), virtual spaces have taken center stage in our everyday lives. Our meeting places, our workplaces, our places of learning, even the places where we unite to break bread have shifted from the physical realm to the virtual. Children in particular have felt the seismic cultural shift from in-person to virtual interaction, as it has fundamentally changed the way they play, learn, and grow.

Youngsters 3: Undisciplined

Friday, August 4, 2023 - 2:14pm
Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Following our first two Youngsters conferences in Vancouver (2016) and Toronto (2019), the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People invites paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for Youngsters 3: Undisciplined to be held at the University of Calgary from June 6-8, 2024.

Youngsters 3 is a celebration of the unruly, the irreverent, and the defiant as these qualities pertain to young people, the social and imaginative worlds they inhabit and create, and the many scholarly discourses that aim to study them.

All Work, No Play

Sunday, July 30, 2023 - 11:12pm
The University of Melbourne
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 14, 2023

Deadline Extended: ALL WORK, NO PLAY
Please send proposals by August 14 2023

This is a symposium on pedagogy and the pedagogical imaginary presented by the English and Theatre Studies Program at The University of Melbourne and generously supported by the Shakespeare 400 Trust and the ETS program.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Claire Hansen, The Australian National University

Date: Tuesday 28th of November 2023

Attendance: in-person on the Parkville Campus and virtually via Zoom

PAMLA 2023 Panel: Young Adult Literature and Culture (in-Person panel)

Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 11:48am
Melanie A. Marotta / Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA 2023 Conference)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 7, 2023

This session is open to all papers that explore some aspect of Young Adult literature and/or culture. The panel is particularly interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, "Shifting Perspectives.” How do changing perspectives on adolescence and young adults impact YA literature and/or culture? As the conference occurs in Portland, in an environmentally aware space, presentations about YA and environmental impact are important. Further, presentations that examine diverse voices (ie. LGBT2S, BIPOC, disability studies, etc.) in media are encouraged. This panel welcomes submissions about young adult literature, film, television, gaming, etc. Feel free to submit an abstract pertaining to the conference theme or otherwise.

Research Articles for an Indexed Journal

Thursday, June 29, 2023 - 7:43pm
Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2024

Novitas-ROYAL is open access, peer-reviewed, international journal operated by the Children’s Research Center-Türkiye.

The journal has been publishing research since 2007 and is devoted to promoting scholarly exchange among researchers who are academically interested in the education of youth with a focus on teaching, learning, acquisition, and use of second/foreign languages, any issues related to linguistics and language sciences, cultures, and literatures.

The primary aim of the journal is to help accumulate knowledge of how foreign languages, cultures, and literatures have the potential to change the lives of children and students.

Children in the Fiction and Photography of Eudora Welty

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 2:27pm
Eudora Welty Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, July 6, 2023

The Eudora Welty Society welcomes proposals for papers for a special session (traditional format) addressing representations of children, childhood, or childness in Welty’s fiction, nonfiction, and/or photography. Considering relationships of such representations to the conference theme of in/security is especially welcome, though not required. Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by July 7 to Katherine Henninger at Louisiana State University,

A Hidden Light: Surplus LGBTQ+ Characters in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 2:19pm
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

This panel will bring together scholars interested in the intersection of gender studies and young adult literature, investigating this surplus of surplus characters as authors scramble to include LGBTQ+ perspectives in their work. What is the effect of this surplus nature on the reader, whether queer or not, and how can writers avoid this cursory diversity in their own writing. The counter-example is the authors that manage to successfully write queer characters in contemporary Young Adult Fiction. How do these two sides of the coin impact a reader as they see queer characters presented as supplemental versus central?

Poison in Popular Culture: Representations, Aesthetics, and Meanings

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 10:35am
Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 5, 2023

From natural to synthetic, from accidental to administered, poison is entangled with our human history, and its presence has a lot to say about not only our customs and laws, but also our ways of storytelling. Poison likes to adapt itself to situation: the definition of what poison even ‘is’ changes according to time and place, and to the cultural groups and sub-groups that are being consulted. Poison is malleable, mutating, and culturally slippery.  In its ability to conquer the imagination, poison is a crafty narrative weaver. From Shakespeare’s plays to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Eco’s The Name of the Rose, from iconic cinematic examples such The Princess Bride to global phenomena such as J.K.

Animated Animation

Monday, June 12, 2023 - 10:02am
NEMLA conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Noticing a lack of interest in animated adaptations, Paul Welles offers to “acknowledge its ability to actually encompass the widest vocabulary of aesthetic and technical expression, and notionally its great capacity to accommodate the broadest range of literary suggestion” (1999, p. 200).

Conference for Young Adult Literature - Louisiana (Call for Proposals)

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 2:52pm
Conference for Young Adult Literature - Louisiana (CYALL)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2023

The Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana (CYALL) is a forum to discuss, demonstrate, and champion learning strategies in teaching young adult literature. College faculty, graduate students, librarians, authors, K-12 educators, and scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of YA literature and media.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 15, 2023  

The conference will be held on November 10, 2023.

Call for Papers for an edited Volume on "Fashion in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction"

Sunday, May 28, 2023 - 10:36am
Ankara Science University & Gumushane University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, November 30, 2024

Call for Papers: "Fashion in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction"


We are pleased to invite submissions for an edited volume titled "Fashion in Eighteenth-century English Fiction." This volume will explore how fashion, an inclusive notion associated with such terms as dress, clothing, costume, appearance, and other cultural objects like jewellery, furniture, foods, and architectural forms, is represented and politicised in English fiction in the eighteenth century.



Friday, May 26, 2023 - 4:27am
Amanda Firestone and Leisa A. Clark
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 25, 2023

(Deadline Extended)

In 2022, about 35.04 million printed books were sold that classified as Young Adult Literature (Curcic 2023). In fact, it’s the fastest growing category since 2018, with almost a 50% increase in sales to date (Curcic 2023). And, if trends hold, the numbers will continue to rise, making the YA category a multibillion dollar opportunity for publishers. It’s also no surprise that media adaptations of popular Young Adult novels have become big business, raking in millions of dollars, skyrocketing actors to celebrity status, and providing another mediated experience for fans to embrace.