New Deadline

CFP: WLA Panel at SSAWW Conference

Society for the Study of American Women Writers & Université Bordeaux Montaigne

5th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

The Western Literature Association invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the international meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, July 5-8, 2017 in Bordeaux, France.

You can learn more about the conference here:

In response to the conference theme of “Border Crossings:Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific,” we welcome papers that consider how women writers respond to the ideological and imaginative boundaries that have shaped western American literary and cultural production. Proposed papers might address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • gender, genre, and the West
  • negotiations of racial, ethnic, and religious difference in western women’s writing
  • women writers and the geographic and chronological definitions of the West
  • archival and recovery work in the field of western women’s writing
  • women writers and the post-western West


E-mail a 300-word abstract and brief CV to Cathryn Halverson ( by May 15, 2016. While you do not need to be an SSAWW or WLA member to submit a proposal, you must be or become a member of both SSAWW and WLA in order to present as part of this panel.


WLA Lyons Award

To all WLA Members:

If you have published a book in 2015 that you would like to have considered for the WLA’s Thomas J. Lyon Book Award, be sure to let your press know that the deadline for nominations is slightly earlier (June 1) this year because of the earlier conference date.
If your press cannot commit to this deadline, you can self-nominate. Details for the award and nomination procedures can be found on our website:
The author does not have to be a WLA member. Readers can nominate books they deem worthy of this award. Details on above cited web page as well.

Conference abstracts due soon

New proposals are coming in every day now (thank you!), so this is just a short reminder that we’re counting down the final month until abstracts need to be submitted for WLA 2016.  Remember, the deadline is June 1.  You can access the CFP, other information about the conference, and the ConfTool address at