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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?

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.

"Going Public" in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Culture

Friday, May 26, 2023 - 4:17am
Midwest Modern Language Association/MMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature Permanent Sections

Session Coordinator: Dr. Amberyl Malkovich 

Dept. of English, Concord University


“Going Public” in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Cultures


Sankofa: Call for Submissions

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - 5:06am
Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2023

Call for Submissions

Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature is accepting scholarly article submissions for its Spring 2024 (Vol. 14) publication. Sankofa welcomes articles that relate to one of the following areas:

(1)    “The African Scene,” which provides critical, scholarly articles about African children’s book authors and illustrators, trends and development in book production for children in Africa, or an examination of a specific genre or theme within African children’s, adolescent, or young adult literature (4,000-8,000 words).

EXTENSION: CFP: Children's/Young Adult Culture at SWPACA Summer Salon Virtual Conference

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 4:08am
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 22, 2023


Call for Papers

Children’s/Young Adult Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

SWPACA Summer Salon


June 8 & 9, 2023

Virtual Conference


Submissions open on March 18, 2023

Proposal submission deadline: EXTENDED to April 22, 2023


Réalités alternatives contemporaines (WIF roundtable) - PAMLA 2023

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 4:06am
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Dans cette session de Women in French (WIF), nous invitons des interventions explorant des productions du 21ème siècle par des femmes (romans, films, poésie, bande dessinée) qui prennent le biais d’une autre réalité pour réfléchir sur notre contemporanéité. Fables, contes, récits de science-fiction ou de fantasy sont souvent les reflets de nos désirs et de nos peurs en matière de régime politique, abus des corps et de la technologie, relations entre les humains et les animaux et la planète. La session se veut à la fois formelle et informelle, ancrée dans la recherche des participant.e.s et l’interaction entre les expériences plutôt qu’une présentation formelle.

Sons & Daughters of Narnia: Tracing CS Lewis's Literary Influence into the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 5:51am
Ulster University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 4, 2023


This will be the 2nd Annual CS Lewis Symposium at Ulster University 

To be held: 13-14, November 2023 

Location: Ulster University, Coleraine, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

*Please Note: this will be an in-person event; at present, we cannot accommodate virtual/remote participation.

Keynote: to be delivered by Dr Malcolm Guite (Cambridge University) and Professor Jerry Root (Wheaton College)

Call for Chapter Proposals - Routledge Companion to Gender and Childhood

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 1:45pm
Mary Zaborskis
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 15, 2023

We are seeking chapter proposals for The Routledge Companion to Gender and Childhood. This volume will explore children’s gender identities, expressions, and embodiments across historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. It will consider this multiplicity of gendered childhoods alongside the intense preoccupation with children’s genders across a range of medical, political, legal, educational, and cultural spheres that span the globe.

Teens on Screens in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 2:08pm
Timothy Shary
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2023

Proposals are sought for an edited collection of essays entitled Teens on Screens in the 21st Century, on the representation of teenagers in screen media that have appeared since 2000. The resulting book will be intended for college and graduate students as well as academic libraries, and will be published by an academic press (one has already expressed interest). No single essay should exceed 8,000 words (including notes) and essays in the range of 5,000-7,000 words would be ideal. Citations and references should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.


Mechanization and the Child

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 11:07pm
JOCPC: Journal of Children in Popular Culture
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, August 31, 2023

JOCPC is now accepting article submissions for the Fall 2023 issue focusing on the broad theme of the mechanized child. We have kept the theme open-ended and invite works across a wide range of disciplines where researchers are exploring representations of the intersection between the child figure, childhood and mechanization. This may include robotics, automatons, cyborgs, AI, VR, and other emerging technologies, both historical and future forward, real and fictional, and how these are used by, to, on and for children. Born alongside new and emerging technologies, children have an innate fluency with new technologies that often leave their adult counterparts behind, reinforcing the notion of children as symbols of futurity.

The Incredible Nineteenth Century: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 10:41pm
Journals@MTSU, James Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Incredible Nineteenth Century: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fairy Tale (I19) seeks to publish the best scholarship on the century that was, in many ways, the time period in which the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy began, and in which the academic study of fairy tale and folklore has its roots. I19 interprets “the nineteenth century” broadly, using the dates of “The Long Nineteenth Century”—roughly, from the beginning of the French Revolution to the end of World War I—but even these dates are just notable historical markers as they approximately coincide with Romanticism and Modernism, respectively.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers (Re)Imagining Tomorrow: Agency and Possibility in Literature and Media for Children and Young Adults

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 6:08pm
University of British Columbia, Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 25, 2023

(Re)Imagining Tomorrow: Agency and Possibility in Literature and Media for Children and Young Adults

Call for Paper Proposals

Deadline for Submission: 25 March 2023 

A peer-reviewed graduate student conference - Accepting virtual and in-person presentations

University of British Columbia | Unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Vancouver, Canada | Friday 23 June - Saturday 24 June 2023 

Call For Papers(Open Issue) for Volume 4 Issue 2

Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 9:46pm
New Literaria
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

NEW LITERARIA invites the submission of articles, shorter essays, interviews, and book reviews offering historical, interdisciplinary, theoretical, and cultural approaches to literature and related fields for its Volume 4 Issue 2.


Submissions should be emailed to by no later than 30th May 2023. All submissions must include a cover letter that includes the author's full mailing address, email address, telephone numbers, and professional or academic affiliation.


Articles should be between 3,500 and 8,000 words long (including bibliography and footnotes). Book reviews should be between 750 and 1,500 words.


Comics on the Couch: Graphic Medicine and Psychoanalysis

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 4:50pm
Vera Camden
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 15, 2023

The field of narrative medicine recognizes that stories articulate the language of the body. Rita Charon, the founder of the field of narrative medicine, brought both patient and practitioner to a fuller recognition of stories as a source of medical insight and intervention: stories that may take shape in words but originate through bodily drives. Drawing lessons from psychoanalysis about “attention, drives, and relationships,” she reminded us that the nineteenth-century photographs of hysteria captured images of bodies telling stories not yet spoken.

Reading Tolkien in the 21st Century

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 4:28pm
University of Bonn
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2023


Reading Tolkien in the 21st Century
(7–8 September, 2023 – University of Bonn, Germany)

No Longer for Kids: Children’s Literature and Higher Education

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 9:04pm
Noah Mullens / University of Florida
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Call for Papers: MLA 2024

Co-sponsored by the Children’s Literature Association and MLA Libraries and Research Forum (non-guaranteed)

Deadline Extended: March 15th

L.M. Montgomery and the Politics of Home

Monday, February 27, 2023 - 9:25am
L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2023

L.M. Montgomery and the Politics of HomeThe L.M. Montgomery Institute’s 16th Biennial International Conference
University of Prince Edward Island, 19-23 June 2024

“Oh, I’ve got such a lovely home,” breathed Pat, clasping her hands. “It’s such a nice, friendly house.”
—L.M. Montgomery, Pat of Silver Bush (1933)

It’s the home of my heart, this little room—the spot I love, for here I am happiest.
—L.M. Montgomery, 30 April 1903