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Submissions of Original Creative Work

Note: There are no limits on the level of creativity allowed in individual or panel presentations. Works that deal with other artistic forms and mediums, multi-genre works, cross-genre works, hybrid works, and works without genre are welcome. Experiments in both form and presentation are encouraged. 

All creative work should engage its subject from an original, committed, and human perspective.

Individual submissions should consist of two documents and be submitted as PDF, doc, docx, or rtf files.
  • The first document should be a cover sheet with “Original Creative Work” at the top of the page and contain the title of the presentation, submitter’s name (as it will appear in the program), address, phone number, e-mail, affiliation(s) or independent scholar status, and a 100-word bio in third person. ​
  • The second document should list “Original Creative Work” at the top of the page and contain the title of the presentation (exactly as it appears on the cover sheet) with the entire creative submission suitable for a fifteen-minute presentation. Work to be presented in a nontraditional manner should note how the work will be presented near the top of the second document. The second document should be free of all names.
  • In most cases, individual panelists will be organized in groups of four, allowing fifteen minutes per presentation with an additional thirty minutes for Q&A and discussion.
Panel submissions should consist of two documents and be submitted as PDF, doc, docx, or rtf files. 
  • The first document should be a cover sheet with “Original Creative Work” at the top of the page and contain the title of the panel with the panel’s organizer/chair’s name (as it will appear on the program), address, phone number, e-mail, affiliation(s) or independent scholar status, and a 100-word bio in third person; and the individual title of each presentation with the panelist’s name (as it will appear in the program), address, phone number, e-mail, affiliation(s) or independent scholar status, and a 100-word bio in third person.  If the panel organizer/chair will also be presenting, her/his name and information will appear twice on this document. 
  • The second document should list “Original Creative Work” at the top of the page and contain the title of the presentation (exactly as it appears on the cover sheet); a justification for grouping panelists; the title of each paper and contain the entire text for each presentation with respect to time limits. Work to be presented in a nontraditional manner should note how the work is to be presented near the top of the second document. The second document should be free of all names.
  • There is no limit on the number of panelists per session, but be cognizant of the fact that presentations will last no more than one hour with an additional thirty minutes being devoted to Q&A and discussion.