Short Fiction: The City Speaks. How Should We Answer? (Special Session)

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association

Conference  postponed until 2021: Pacific Ancient and Modern Langauage Association (PAMLA) 2020 CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS: Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15, 2020

Deadline Extended to 21st July.

The 118th Annual PAMLA Conference is being hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and held at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel

What stories does a city tell us, and how do we pass them on? How can we use stories to interpret a world where time and the outside is obscured? Should we weave narratives of a capitalist utopia, or a dystopian warning? This session invites submissions of original, unpublished short stories of 2,000 to 3,000 words, linked to the PAMLA 2020 theme: City of God, City of Destruction. Writers will read their stories, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

The city is a contradiction. At its centre, it is simultaneously claustrophobic and isolating; its outskirts are escaped both to and from. This special session, ‘Short Fiction: The City Speaks. How Should We Answer?’ invites submissions of original, unpublished short stories that explore the emotional and physical landscape of the city. Stories should be inspired by and interpret the PAMLA 2020 theme in a unique way.

Dedicated solely to original works of short fiction, this session will provide an exciting opportunity for delegates to present creative work exploring how the ambiguity of Las Vegas itself, another sprawling metropolis, or the city as a concept, speaks to them as a writer. Not only will attendees have the opportunity to hear these stories for the first time, they will be encouraged to discuss and analyse the works with the writers in the post-reading question and answer session.

Submissions are requested for summaries/abstracts of short fiction. The stories should be original, unpublished and independent, rather than an extract from a longer piece. All short story forms will be considered, as will literary fiction and genre fiction. An abstract outlining the particular space connected with the story and how the narrative explores the conference theme should be submitted simultaneously.

Four stories will be selected for the originality of their interpretation of the conference theme and for balance and contrast of the session as a whole.

Please submit extracts/summaries via:

Once you have created an account, you will be able to use the online system to submit an abstract. The deadline for proposals has been extended to 21st July.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cavanagh (