ACETA’s 68th Anniversary Conference Celebrating the Life and Work of Harper Lee Starts Feb. 26


Harper Lee (1926-2016)

In just a little over a week on February 26 and 27, ACETA will be holding its 68th Annual Conference at the Hotel Capstone on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

We hope you can join us as we delve into the work of the late Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman), into the life of the English classroom, and into the sounds of language among other topics.

Registration forms and early payment are due by February 22nd to the address listed. If you would like to pay on-site, please submit a registration form via email no later than 11:59 pm on February 22nd so that we will have an accurate headcount for meals.

Please find our conference registration form at the link below. We look forward to seeing you in Tuscaloosa!




Conference Registration open; Lodging information available


Below is a link to the conference registration form for this year’s gathering at the Hotel Capstone.

If you still need accommodations, you might wish to check:

The Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham are close to the Capstone.

ACETA 2016 Conference Registration

We look forward to seeing you there!
Please share this information with colleagues who may not be on our mailing list.

Nominations for 2016 Current-Garcia Award

ACETA’s steering committee is honored to select each year the winner of the prestigious Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. A generous benefactor of the arts and humanities, George Landegger, provides the $5,000 and the Frank Fleming bronze of the old Monroe County Courthouse tower that the recipient is given in April in Monroeville at the Alabama Writers’ Symposium. My steering committee colleagues and I are soliciting nominations for this award. Please read the attachment to learn more about the Current-Garcia Award and the nominating process. Nominations should be sent to me according to the instructions on the attachment.

ACETA President Gloria Horton, the rest of the ACETA steering committee, and I look forward to many excellent nominations.

Anissa M. Graham, ACETA Executive Secretary

Current-Garcia call for nominations 2016

Call for 2016 McMillan, Calvert, and Woodall Award Papers


Dear Friend of ACETA,

Calvert and Woodall 2016 Call for Papers (PDF)

McMillan 2016 Call for Papers (PDF)

Each year, the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) sponsors awards for outstanding essays by faculty and students. I am pleased to announce that competition for the 2016 William J. Calvert Award for an outstanding scholarly or theoretical essay and for the 2016 James Woodall Award for an outstanding pedagogical essay is now open to college English teachers and graduate students. For undergraduates, competition for the Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award is also open. Winners of these awards will receive $150 each and will be asked to read condensed versions of their essays at the 2016 ACETA conference, which will take place on February 26 and 27, 2016 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Please see the attachments for more detailed information on entering the Calvert, Woodall, or McMillan competition. Entries should be submitted, preferably by e-mail, to me at the address on the call.

Please pass along these calls to colleagues who might not be on our mailing list. Gloria Horton (ACETA President), the rest of the ACETA steering committee, and I look forward to reading many excellent essays.

Anissa M. Graham
ACETA Executive Secretary

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