May 16 – 18, 2019

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Writers

Kellogg Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

The 2019 call for proposals . . .

. . .  can be found here. You may propose a panel or a paper. Consider panels on the work of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Winesburg, Ohio or in response to MidAmerica award-winner Christian Knoeller’s most recent book, Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change.  A call for papers on the work of next year’s Mark Twain award winner, Bonnie Jo Campbell, can be found here.

To propose an individual paper. The deadline is midnight January 31, 2019. If you are being included in a panel organized by someone else, do not fill in this form.

To propose an entire panel. The deadline is midnight January 31, 2019.

If you are a student, fill in this form also. The deadline is midnight January 31, 2019.

Housing info . . .

The annual conference will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus, May 16 – 18, 2019. Overnight reservations may be made directly with the Kellogg Hotel (800-875-5090, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 7 PM) at a conference discounted rate. Ask for the rate for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Parking at the Kellogg Center hotel is free for guests.

Dormitory accommodations may also be available—go to the MSU Residential Education and Housing Services website here.

The Kellogg Hotel provides free shuttle service, between the hours of 7 AM and 10:30 PM, from and to the Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport, and from and to the Michigan Flyer stop in East Lansing (for those flying in or out of Detroit).

Writing prizes . . .

. . . are awarded annually. Only work presented at the Symposium is eligible to be entered for consideration. More information about the various contests and prizes is available here, under the Resources tab. NOTE that as of 2016, the David Diamond Student Writing Prize carries a $1,000 award.


Upcoming . . .

The 2020 Symposium will be SSML’s 50th and will take place in Chicago at The Newberry Library. More information to be announced in May.

Previously . . .

Programs from previous years’ conferences are available here.

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