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!


ACETA issues new call for awards and papers

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As the end of fall semester approaches, please take a moment to nominate English faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from your institution who have produced some outstanding scholarly work this past year.  We are accepting papers for the following awards until Dec. 18:

Winners of these awards will receive $150 each and will be asked to read condensed versions of their essays at the 2019 ACETA conference, which will take place March 1-2, 2019 at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama.

Conference proposals still being accepted

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