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Writing by Degrees, the nationís oldest graduate-run creative writing conference, is now accepting paper and panel proposals for its 2014 eventóa two-day celebration of writing, pedagogy, and community building at Binghamton University's state-of-the-art Downtown Center. We invite exciting and high quality submissions by graduate students for creative readings and academic panels. Poets, fiction writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds are welcome. Possible academic topics include creative writing pedagogy, craft across the genres, critical theory and creative work, the role of writing in the political world, and the creative writing job market. All panels will be 90 minutes in length, with individual presentations and readings not to exceed 20 minutes.

Conference Dates: March 14-15, 2014
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: February 20, 2014

Submission Guidelines:
All applicants must be currently enrolled as graduate students in order to be eligible.

Creative Submissions

  • Creative prose, fiction, or creative non-fiction should be of a length to be read within a 20-minute period (roughly 10-12 pages)
  • Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages
Academic Submissions

Please submit an abstract, not to exceed 350 words.
Possible Academic Submission Topics:

  • the craft and/or practice of writing
  • creative writing pedagogy
  • creative writing versus composition
  • the avant-garde in poetry or fiction

How to Submit
Please submit abstracts and creative submissions, in .doc or .docx format, via email to wbdconference@gmail.com

Please include the following:

  • A cover letter containing the following information: authorís name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and the genre of the proposal, e.g. academic or creative. Creative proposals should also include a short bio.
  • An abstract for academic proposals or a creative excerpt for readings. Academic abstracts should not exceed 350 words; creative nonfiction and fiction submissions should include a 2-4 page excerpt; poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages. Please include first and last name and page numbers on all material.
If Submitting a Panel Topic, please provide the three linked abstracts/excerpts with a short paragraph explaining the overarching theme. Panel submissions may cross genres. All questions concerning the conference should be sent to wbdconference@gmail.com
Please Note:
    Upon acceptance of your submission, there will be a $20.00 conference fee (BU students excepted).
Questions or comments?
Email us at wbdconference@gmail.com