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McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award: Call for Entries

Call for Papers: The 2017 Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award

Deadline (Postmark or Email):  January 3, 2018

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 …

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Calvert and Woodall Awards: Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the 2018 William J. Calvert Award for papers on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies;

and Call for Papers for the 2018 James Woodall Award for papers on any pedagogical topic in English studies.

Deadline (Postmark or Email): January 3, 2018

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 …

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2018 ACETA Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination



Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy

February 23–24, 2018
Troy University
Troy, Alabama

Sponsored by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama and Troy University

In an 1817 letter to Benjamin Bailey, Keats writes, “The Setting Sun will always set me to rights, or if a Sparrow come before my Window, I take part in its existence and pick about the gravel.” What he describes is the sympathetic imagination, how we acquire knowledge of the inner lives of others by extending the imagination …

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Get to know Eugene Walter October 26

Monroe County Museum, located in the Monroeville, literary capital of Alabama; and the Alabama Humanities Foundation will present a program titled “Getting to Know Eugene” on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the famous courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum.  The program will explore the life and work of Eugene Walter, the highly acclaimed Mobile native who was a successful author, poet, artist, screenwriter, true all-around Renaissance man.

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The Light Winter 2017 newsletter is here!

Discover our latest The Light newsletter, which provides an overview of this year’s conference as well as upcoming events of interest!

There’s still time left to register via email if you would like to join us in Montgomery this weekend:

  • Just fill out the attached registration form;
  • Send it as an attachment in reply to this email; and
  • bring your payment with you to the conference.

Forms sent in by 11:59 p.m. on March 1st will get the early registration rate.

Please pass along any work your school is doing with English studies and with the teaching of writing and literature that you think our members would be interested in. We’d love to include it in our next newsletter!

Information should be sent to Rebecca Duncan, ACETA Vice-President and The Light editor, at rduncan@lawsonstate.edu.

Read the Winter 2017 ACETA newsletter (PDF)