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Guidelines for Submitting Convention Papers
  1. Read the "Call for Papers" (in the Convention Submissions tab) carefully for information on submission for the convention/conference you would like to attend. This document will tell you about a convention/conference theme, deadlines for submissions, and any other information you should know about submitting a paper. Individual conventions/conferences will have their own specific procedures to follow.
  2. One option is to choose your best paper completed for a course assignment. Completed theoretical, data-based, rhetorical, critical, and interpretive analyses are all welcome. Scan previous convention programs for a sense of what has been presented in your interest area. Faculty colleagues can advise you about scholarly rigor and quality of writing that is required.
  3. Choose the appropriate Interest Group within the organization for submission of the paper. Each Interest Group has slightly different requirements for submission. Be sure you read the particular Interest Group instructions posted on the web site under the Convention Submissions tab. Papers may only be submitted to one convention / conference and one Interest Group. Submitted papers should be original work for that convention/conference, not submitted to other conventions/conferences, usually not in press, and not published at the time of submission. One should not present the same paper twice. (The exception is student conference presentations that are later presented as debut WSCA convention papers.)
  4. In most cases, a thorough edit/rewrite of course papers will be necessary. Follow a style sheet consistently (e.g., APA or MLA). Papers should be kept to page lengths specified in each Interest Group, which is often between 20-30 pages.
  5. Student and/or debut papers should be indicated in your submission. A debut paper is if you have not presented a paper at a professional (non-student) convention/conference. All authors must be a student or a debut author if you make either indication. 
  6. The due date for paper submissions are strictly enforced.
  7. Notification of acceptance. If the paper is accepted or not, you will be notified by email, usually about eight to twelve weeks after submission. Three to five papers are usually grouped thematically on a panel. You may be told the name of the respondent, if any (the person who will read and respond to the papers on the panel), and how long you will have to present the paper (usually 8-10 minutes).
  8. Editing the paper. If your paper is accepted, you normally have a chance to edit the paper, if you wish, and send it to the respondent. Usually the edited version is due to the respondent a month before the convention/conference. If the respondent does not hear from you, s/he will respond to the paper s/he received from the Interest Group Chair.
  9. Submitting a paper is a commitment to attend the convention/conference. Do not submit a paper unless you are fully committed and have the ability to attend and present your paper at the convention/conference.
  10. Direct your questions to the Interest Group planner or the President-Elect.
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