Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

2015 Annual UMA English Undergraduate Conference
Call for Papers


This year's conference will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 


Any current UMA student may submit work written for a literature, American Studies, film, theory, linguistics, or creative writing course to the conference. Email Lisa Botshon (botshon@maine.edu) with questions.


  • We will accept either abstracts (200 to 300 word summaries) or full essays.
  • Please make sure your name and contract information is on everything you submit.
  • Essays should be about 5 pages long.
  • For poets, 3 to 5 short poems equals one submission.
  • Essayists should submit only 1 essay.
  • Fiction writers should submit only 1 story.
  • The deadline for submission is March 17, 2015.


Why submit a proposal?

  • to give your scholarly work a wider audience than it gets in a class
  • to deepen your discussion of literature with your student colleagues as well as your professors
  • to develop skills in public speaking and presentation
  •  to add professional experience to your résumé


Selection and notification

Proposals will be read and selected by students in the ENG 499 Senior Seminar course. All students will be contacted by April 3, 2015.


Submitting your Abstract

Please send an email with the following information to: botshon@maine.edu.

  • Your name
  • phone number
  • email address
  • the type of submission (critical or research paper, poetry, fiction or non-fiction)
  • the abstract or paper. Please include a title for your paper. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words.
  • when on Friday, April 17, you will most likely be available to present your work, if selected: morning, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, or afternoon, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm