deadline for submissions: 
May 10, 2019
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Lit Youngstown seeks proposals for presentations, workshops, craft talks and creative readings for our 3rd annual Fall Literary Festival to be held October 4-5 at Youngstown State University. The two-day festival will feature an acclaimed faculty: Nin Andrews (poetry), Christopher Barzak (fiction), Erica Cardwell (essay, creative nonfiction), Jill Christman (creative nonfiction), Michael Croley (fiction), George Ella Lyon (poetry, essay), Philip Memmer (poetry), Philip Metres (poetry, essay).


General Information


This year’s conference will be centered around themes of cultural identity and representation in writing and publishing. Sessions will be 50 minutes. Proposals may include panel and roundtable discussions, creative readings, or workshops. Group and individual proposal submissions are welcome. Individual proposals and creative readings will be grouped into panels by conference organizers.


Individuals are limited to two proposal submissions, please. Accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference at the early bird registration fee of $40. There will be opportunities to apply for needs-based stipends. The proposal deadline is midnight, May 10. For more information, visit LitYoungstown.org.


Presentation Topics


We seek proposals from a diverse cross section of voices and experiences, and encourage submissions from African American and Black, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, disabled, LGBTQ and non-binary, immigrant, native, rural, older, and resource-poor writers. All genres are welcome and encouraged.


Possible topics for proposals include:


Creative writing outreach in prisons, with immigrants, etc.

Responsibly engaging diverse voices and perspectives

Writing about identity and marginalized experiences

Lack of representation in publishing

Navigating the publishing industry as marginalized communities

Writers with disabilities

Creative reading

Creative writing workshop

Creative writing pedagogy

Community-based writing programs

Residencies, conferences and other opportunities

Developing best practices in your craft

Collaboration and mentoring

MFA programs

Literary topics in all genres

Writing for mass media: journalism, blogging, podcasts, radio, etc.

Children’s and YA writing and publishing


Speculative fiction



Comics & graphic novels

Film & new media

Hybrid & short forms

Older writers publishing

Strategies for teaching and researching writing

Engaging and sustaining a writing life