Southern Writers/Southern Writing
2017 Call for Papers
The 23nd Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference (SWSW) is a University
of Mississippi Graduate Student conference featuring both critical submissions (seminar
papers, articles, works in progress) exploring Southern literature/culture and creative
submissions (poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts) exploring Southern themes/settings.
Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, 20-22 July 2017.
Since SWSW will be held directly before the University's Annual Faulkner and
Yoknapatawpha Conference, we encourage all SWSW participants to remain in Oxford after
the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. Both critical and creative
submissions are eligible for the Faulkner Paper Prize and the Colby H. Kullman Award.
Both awards include cash prizes, and the winner of the Faulkner Prize will also receive a
registration fee waiver for the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
SWSW regularly features panels on a wide range of topics related to Southern literature
and culture. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:
-Intersections of Southern material culture, cultural identity, and literature
-Defining and problematizing “The South”
-Topics in race, gender, class, and identity
-The U.S. South in global contexts
-Southern space and place
-Ecocriticism, travel narratives, nature writing, and the Southern landscape
-Religion, gothic, and “the grotesque”
-The queer South
-Film and media studies
-Oral culture, music, and food representation in Southern culture and literature
Accepted critical works will be presented at simultaneous panels during the conference,
while accepted creative works will be presented at Off-Square Books, one of Oxford's
beloved independent bookstores.
There is a small conference fee of $40. This allows us to provide participants with two
breakfasts, a lunch, a wine and cheese reception, and a 2017 SWSW t-shirt. Affordable
accommodations can be arranged at the Ole Miss Inn or around the charming city of
Please submit an abstract of a critical work or an entire or partial creative work to
Submissions should be limited to 200-500 words. The conference reading-limit for critical
works is 15 minutes. Panel proposals that include no more than three participants are also
welcome. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university
affiliation and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 21 April 2017.
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Chair, Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference 2017