Call for Papers for 2016 Conference


Greetings, Friends of ACETA!

Proposal Submission Information (PDF)

On behalf of the ACETA Steering Committee, I would like to invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the 68th annual conference of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) to be held February 26 and 27, 2016 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Inspired by the release this summer of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, this year’s conference call encourages scholars throughout the state to take a fresh look at the “origins, histories, traditions, and pedagogies” of our profession.  Further details regarding proposals are in the attached call. Please note that submissions should be mailed no later than December 4, 2015.

Please consider submitting a proposal and encourage colleagues and interested students to do so as well. Proposals for co-authored papers and complete panels of three to four presenters are welcomed in addition to proposals for individual presentations. Concurrent panel sessions will run one hour and 15 minutes, giving individual presenters 15 to 20 minutes for their presentations and 15 minutes for questions and discussion. If you could share the call on your departmental bulletin board or website, we would appreciate that as well.

The association’s newsletter, The Light, previewing the conference will be available soon, and additional information will be posted on our website,

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Anissa M. Graham
ACETA Executive Secretary

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