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

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. DEADLINE for this year’s contests: August 1, 2018

The 2019 call for proposals . . .

. . .  will be posted here and on our Facebook page in August. Start thinking now of panels to propose! Next year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Winesburg, Ohio. Consider panels on the work of the 2019 Mark Twain award-winner Bonnie Jo Campbell or in response to MidAmerica award-winner Christian Knoeller’s most recent book, Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change.

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 Capital City airport and from and to the Michigan Flyer stop in East Lansing (for those flying and or out of Detroit).



Next year . . .

The Symposium will take place May 16 –18, 2019 at the Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI. Stay tuned! The call for proposals will be posted in August, with a deadline for proposals January 31st.

Previously . . .

Programs from previous years’ conferences are available here.

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