Call for Papers "Cultures of Collectivity," Creative: Prose Permanent Section of the MMLA

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
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"Cultures of Collectivity"

The Creative Writing I: Prose section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks proposals that connect to this year’s conference theme of “Cultures of Collectivity.”  We are particularly interested in work relating to the idea of collectives in the sense of individuals with a shared issue, interest, or objective. Though the narrative may unfold along this theme, we are also, and most particularly, interested in how fiction, both the writing and sharing of fiction, can itself act as a collective. How can fiction bring people together? How can fiction provide a sense of a shared interest, objective, or even a shared moment in time where readers feel akin to the story, to the writer, or to each other? Presenters should expect to both read (for approximately 10 minutes) and discuss their work as it relates to the conference theme (10 minutes).

The 2020 MMLA conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI, from November 5-8, 2020.

To submit your work for consideration, please send a 200-300 word abstract, a brief sample of prose (2-3 pages), and a brief bio to the section chair, Michele Willman (, by May 31, 2020. Be sure to include your name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title.