Reminder: March 2 Application Deadline for ASCA Literary Arts Fellowships

The Alabama State Council on the Arts makes cash awards to individual writers in the literary arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and service to the state. The award recognizes artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. It is intended to contribute to the further development of the literary artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Applicants are encouraged to be as specific as possible about the proposed use of fellowship funds.

Quality of work and professionalism as presented in the samples of work are particularly important, since there is a great deal of competition for fellowships. Samples of work may include fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Please, include a detailed resume along with the following: a list of published works with reviews (if available) and a minimum of ten pages of poetry or prose, but no more than 20 pages. If published, please, indicate where published and date of publication. Please, submit only writing samples completed within the last five years.

An applicant must be a legal resident of Alabama who has lived in the state for the two years prior to the application. An individual may submit only one fellowship application during the year. Fellowship recipients cannot apply again for six years after receipt of the award, but previous applicants who have not received a fellowship are encouraged to apply again. Artists who have received two fellowships are no longer eligible.

Applications must be submitted electronically via eGRANT by 4:45 p.m. March 2, 2015. Access to eGRANT is available at the Alabama State Council on the Arts website at

You’re invited to attend the 67th Annual ACETA conference!

Greetings, friends of ACETA!


The ACETA Executive Committee and the University of South Alabama in Fairhope would like to invite you to the 67th annual conference of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA).

Our theme this year is “A Place in the Sun,” and this year’s presenters will discuss sun, fun, success, struggle, and writing in a series of panels over the course of the weekend.

Friday night’s keynote address features Frye Galliard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, and Kathryn Scheldt, songwriter and guitarist. Frye will read passages from his book The Quilt and the Poetry of Alabama Music, and Kathryn Scheldt will play acoustic guitar.  The keynote will be part of the ACETA dinner held at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Fairhope. The dinner will be a seafood buffet with vegetarian option and includes dessert and drinks.

Saturday’s lunch is a box lunch provided by Mary Ann’s Deli: you will have a choice between The Judy B (smoked turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on whole), Italian Hero (ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing on French bread), and the Vegetarian (cheddar, provolone, lettuce, artichoke hearts, tomato, onions, and fresh seasonal veggies and pesto vinaigrette French bread).  Lunch will include sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie and drink (either soft drink or tea). Sue Walker will be reading for her latest project.

The registration form is also available here on this site. As you fill out the form, please indicate whether you will join us for dinner Friday and/or lunch Saturday.  If you would like the vegetarian option on Friday, please indicate that choice on the form as well as your choice of sandwich on Saturday.
Please fill out and submit your registration form to us, and we’ll see you in Fairhope!

The Hampton Inn in downtown Fairhope (23 N. Section St.) has rooms set aside for conference attendees, and it is just a block away from the USA campus, where the conference will be held.  The cost per night is $119.00. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 251-928-0956 and asking for the ACETA 2015 special group rate which is good through February 13th. Reservations can also be made online at using the group code (CET).

ACETA Registration Form 2015 (Microsoft Word Document)

ACETA Registration Form 2015 (PDF)

ACETA Call for Nominations for the Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

aceta logo lrg emailThe Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
Announces a Call for Nominations

The Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

ACETA solicits nominations for the 2015 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers.

As originally conceived, the award “recognizes and rewards Alabamians who have distinguished themselves as men or women of letters, specifically in scholarly reflection and writing on literary topics.” It also demonstrates “the respect of the scholar’s peers in the academic community and signals to the citizenry at large the lasting importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the contribution of literature to the culture.” The award includes a $5000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse. The 2015 Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship will be presented with its sister award, the Harper Lee Award for the 2015 Distinguished Alabama Writer, at the Alabama Writers’ Symposium in Monroeville on April 23-25, 2015. The generosity of George Landegger, chairman of Parsons and Whittemore, makes both awards possible.

A nomination must include a curriculum vitae reflecting the course of the nominee’s scholarly career, a detailed bibliography of the nominee’s scholarly productions, and a cover letter clarifying and supporting the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Nominations may contain other letters of support from recognized scholars in the nominee’s field; they should not contain copies of actual publications.

Send nominations to:

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
1 Harrison Plaza, Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

The postmark deadline for nominations is January 23, 2015. ACETA’s steering committee will review all nominations and select a winner, whose name will be announced at the 2015 ACETA conference, at the University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus, Fairhope. All nominations and all committee deliberations are confidential.

The award is named for the late Dr. Eugene Current-Garcia, who, in a distinguished academic career spanning five decades, mostly at Auburn University, published six books and dozens of articles and reviews on the short story genre and Old Southwest humor and also founded and co-edited the Southern Humanities Review. Previous winners of the Eugene Current-Garcia Award include Claudia Durst Johnson (1998), Philip Beidler (1999), Don Noble (2000), Bert Hitchcock (2001), Trudier Harris (2002), William Hutchings (2003), Benjamin B. Williams (2004), Robert W. Halli, Jr. (2005), Nancy Grisham Anderson (2006), Elaine W. Hughes (2007), Norman McMillan (2008), John H. Hafner (2009), Ralph Voss (2010), David Sauer (2011), Bill Ulmer (2012), and Sue Walker (2013).

ACETA Call for Papers for McMillan Undergraduate Writing Awards

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The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA)
Announces A Call for Papers for

The 2014 Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award

 Postmark Deadline: January 24, 2015

The McMillan Award is presented annually to the undergraduate student at an Alabama college or university whose informal essay is judged most outstanding by a panel of judges chosen by ACETA.


  • The essay must have been written for a class taken during the current or previous academic year.
  • It may be descriptive, reflective, or analytical, but it may not be a formal research paper.
  • It must not exceed 2000 words.
  • It must not have been published previously except possibly in campus publications such as college newspapers or literary magazines.
  • The English instructor for whose class the essay was written should submit the essay. An instructor may submit only one essay in each year’s competition.
  • A cover sheet should be attached to the entry stating the title of the essay, the author’s name, the name of the college or university, and the name and title of the nominator, with address, telephone number, and email address. No name should appear on the essay.

The winner will receive a cash award of $150 and will read the paper at ACETA’s annual conference at University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus, Fairhope on March 13-14, 2015.

Email entries to Anissa Graham at (electronic submissions encouraged).

Mail entries to:           

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

The McMillan Award honors the memory of Dr. Mary Evelyn McMillan, charter member of ACETA and longtime faculty member at Jacksonville State University, for her deep commitment to her students and to the teaching profession. It is given from funds her family has generously made available.


ACETA Call for Papers for Calvert and Woodall Awards

aceta logo lrg emailThe Association of College English Teachers of Alabama

Announces A Call for Papers for

The 2015 William J. Calvert Award

for a paper on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies

 and The 2015 James Woodall Award

 for a paper on any pedagogical topic in English studies

 Postmark Deadline: January 23, 2015

College English teachers and graduate students may submit papers for one or both of the competitions. The writer’s name, along with the title of the essay and the writer’s institutional affiliation, should appear on a cover sheet but not on the paper itself. Papers may not have been previously read or published.

Each award winner will receive $150 from ACETA. Condensed versions of the winning papers will be presented at the annual meeting of ACETA held at the University of South Alabama – Baldwin County Campus in Fairhope on March 13-14, 2015.

A panel appointed by the ACETA president will judge the papers.

Email entries to Anissa Graham at (electronic submissions encouraged).

Mail entries to:

Anissa Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary
University of North Alabama
Box 5050
Florence, Alabama 35632

ACETA Call for Proposals for 2015 Conference

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama

Call for Proposals

ACETA’s 67th Annual Conference
University of South Alabama, Baldwin County Campus
Fairhope, Alabama
March 13-14, 2015


Orange Beach, Alabama  — Picture by Leslie Byars, blogger

 A Place in the Sun

Teachers as well as graduate and undergraduate students of the humanities are invited to submit presentation proposals for ACETA’s 67th Annual Conference to be held March 13-14, 2015, at the University of South Alabama, Baldwin County Campus in Fairhope. The conference will explore the interactions between the humanities and the notion of finding “a place in the sun.” Potential topics may include but are not limited to

  • Diasporas as presented in and by the various humanities
  • Representations of success (financial, personal, intellectual, aesthetic, etc.)
  • Representations of the good life
  • Dreams, aspirations, goals
  • Coastal communities
  • The sun/beach in song and story
  • Creating/highlighting student success as writers
  • Importance of place in the life of writers (professional or student)

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be sent no later than Monday, January 5, 2015 to Anissa Graham, Executive Secretary, ACETA, University of North Alabama, by email to  Electronic submissions are preferred.  Proposals should also include the presenter’s name, school affiliation, and position; panel proposals are welcomed as well. When proposing a panel, please indicate the names, affiliations, and positions of all members of the panel and if any of the presenters would be able to serve as the panel moderator. Audiovisual needs should be indicated as well.

Each presenter should limit himself/herself to a 15-minute talk. Presenters must pay the conference registration fee, which includes membership dues; this fee will be waived for undergraduate presenters.

For more information, please visit ACETA’s website at