Upcoming events from our partners: An Afternoon with Daniel Wallace on September 29

Alabama Writer’s Forum will present “An Afternoon with Daniel Wallace” at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater in Birmingham on September 22, 2019.

For more information, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/alabamawritersforum/events/ or for tickets, go to eventbrite.com.


ACETA announces 2020 Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination

Willingham Hall UNA Campus Circa 2014

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

February 28–29, 2020
University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama

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.

The term “sympathetic imagination” comes to us from Adam Smith: “As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. Though our brother is upon the rack, as long as we ourselves are at our ease, our senses will never inform us of what he suffers. They never did and never can carry beyond our persons, and it is by the imagination we place ourselves in his situation.”

Sponsored by ACETA (The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama) and the University of Montevallo, this conference …  Continue reading

Scholarly papers sought for 2020 Calvert and Woodall Awards

2020 Calvert and Woodall Awards
Call for Papers

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) calls for papers for

The 2020 William J. Calvert Award
for a paper on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies


 The 2020 James Woodall Award
for a paper on any pedagogical topic in English studies

Deadline (Postmark or Email): December 13, 2019

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. Continue reading

Call for Nominations for Current-Garcia Award

Call for Nominations
Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2019 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.

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Frye Gaillard (third from left) won the Eugene Current-Garcia Award from ACETA in 2016.

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 $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse. Continue reading

McMillian Writing Award opens 2020 submissions

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) announces

Call for Papers for 

The 2020 Mary Evelyn McMillan
Undergraduate Writing Award

Deadline (Postmark or Email):  December 13, 2019

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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Upcoming events from our partners: Pioneer Con rolls in October 17

The 4th Annual Pioneer Con will hitch its wagons to Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby campus in Hoover on Thursday, October 17.

pioneer con logoPart comic-con and part academic conference, Pioneer Con gives students, faculty, and members of the community a chance to release their inner geek. Events include:

  • Keynote by Jon Padgett, author of The Secret of Ventriloquism
  • Student and Faculty presentations
  • SciFi & Fantasy Trivia with prizes and pizza
  • Tabletop and Video Gaming
  • Photo Booth
  • Cosplay
  • Aerial Silks Demo, and more

The Con is seeking PRESENTATION PROPOSALS of the following types …

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Get ‘weird’ at author reading this Friday

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We look forward to seeing many of you this weekend for our 71st annual ACETA Conference at the University of Montevallo at a very special author reading. At 3:30 on Friday, March 1, we host Jon Padgett, editor of Vastarien: A Literary Journal, a source of critical study and creative response to the work of Thomas Ligotti and author of the short story collection The Secret of Ventriloquism. He will be reading and speaking in the Carmichael Library J. A. Brown Room. We hope you will be able to attend the reading and the other exciting papers and panels on tap for this weekend.

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Registration open for ACETA’s Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination

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We look forward to seeing you at the Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy! This event, co-sponsored by ACETA and the University of Montevallo, will be ACETA’s 71st Annual Conference and will be held March 1st and 2nd at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo.

The conference registration form (click here for PDF) includes registration and meal costs. Please submit your registration and payment no later than February 25th. If you wish to preregister and pay at the conference, you may do so by simply emailing me your registration form. Right now we can only accept cash or check as payment.

Information regarding hotel accommodations will be sent out soon.

We look forward to seeing you in Montevallo!