Call for Papers and Panels

Writing by Degrees, the nation’s oldest graduate-run creative writing conference, is now accepting paper and panel proposals for its 2017 event— a two-day celebration of writing, pedagogy, and community building at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center.

We invite exciting and high-quality submissions by graduate students for creative readings and academic panels. Poets, prose 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.

Submission Deadline: February 1st


Please send the following as an attachment in .doc or .docx format to

1) A cover letter containing the following information: author’s 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.

2) 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 your full 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 No conference registration fee will be charged to BU graduate students.