SAMLA 2022: Speculative Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Mary Ann Gareis / Middle Georgia State University
contact email: 

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres.  The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way.   For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more. 


Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V needs by May 31, 2022 to Mary Ann Gareis, Middle Georgia State University, at

SAMLA’s 94th annual conference, Change, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, FL this year from November 11-13.  Those accepted must be members of SAMLA to present.