ACETA Conference 2018 Registration Form now available


The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama invites you to the Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy co-sponsored by ACETA and Troy University. This will be ACETA’s 70th Annual Conference and will be held February 23-24 at Troy University in Troy.

The attached conference registration form includes registration and meal costs. Please send in your registration form and payment no later than February 20th. If you wish to preregister and pay at the conference, you may do so by simply emailing your registration form. Right now we can accept only cash or check as payment.

If you will be staying in Troy, our hosts recommend either the Hampton Inn (334-807-5900) or the Courtyard by Marriott (334-566-0540). To receive a reduced rate, you will need to call to reserve your room and mention that you are attending a conference at and hosted by Troy University.  There is a softball tournament being held at Troy that weekend, so reservations will likely be at a premium.

We look forward to seeing you in Troy!

Download the ACETA 2018 Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination Registration Form (PDF)

Deadline for registration by mail is February 16, 2018.


UPDATE: Essay competitions now open!

This past November, ACETA announced the competition for the 2018 William J. Calvert Award for an outstanding scholarly or theoretical essay and for the 2018 James Woodall Award for an outstanding pedagogical essay. 

We are excited to let you know that the competition is now open for 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 2018 ACETA conference February 23–24 at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

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 to Anissa Graham at The due date for submissions has been extended to Monday, January 15, 2018.

Calvert and Woodall Awards: Call for papers

McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award: Call for Entries



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 Program now available


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

Complete Conference Program 2018

Directions to Troy University

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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