NULC — Deadlines, Categories and Criteria 


» Submissions for the National Undergraduate Literature Conference open October 1, 2019, and close January 15, 2020 (EXTENDED to February 15, 2020 - after being closed for a week, the submission site has been reopened). Submissions should consist of a 350-500-word abstract; see specifics below. Previously, NULC has asked for full works to be submitted, however due to the volume of submissions, please submit ONLY an abstract.



» American Literature

» British Literature

» World Literature

» Panel Proposals

» Digital Literacy

» Professional and Technical Writing

» Short original documentary films on literary topics

Creative Works

» Personal Essay

» Fiction

» Poetry 



» Participants must be undergraduate students enrolled during the 2019–2020 academic year and have not yet attended graduate school.

» Submission must be original work.

» Abstracts should be roughly 350-500 words and address the following: 

  1. Title and Name of Presenter
  2. Name of Endorsing Professor 
  3. Name of College or University
  4. Subject and Scope of Paper
  5. Conclusions

» Click here for suggested abstract guidelines.

» The endorsing professor should review the full paper, poems, essays, fiction, etc. before students attend the conference. Each presenter will have a maximum of 15 minutes to make their presentation. Original poetry submissions have a three-poem minimum and five-poem maximum. Those presenting poetry or any other creative work will have the same 15-minute reading limit.  Students are encouraged to be creative in presentations of their work and might consider using presentation software to present key points from their work, though reading a paper is also welcome.  AV Equipment is available in each session for presenters who would like to use technology as part of their presentation/reading. 


     » For examples of an abstract and presentation, see below.  


Submitting Abstract

By clicking on the link below you will be redirected to a Canvas page and prompted to make a new user or login for the NULC Submissions. Once registered and logged into the Canvas page, click "Go to Courses" for further instructions.

Submit Abstract