PCA/ACA

Children/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels

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Call for papers: 

The PCA Children’s/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels

The PCA Children’s/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels division is accepting proposals for presentations at the next PCA/ACA annual conference, to be held in Boston, PA from March 31-April 3, 2021. See https://pcaaca.org for more information on the conference.

Papers may cover (but are not limited to) any aspect of the following topics: authors, publishers, major characters, themes, readership, bibliography or research methods, social commentary, early or noteworthy genre forms, print culture, special collections, and representation of gender, race, class, etc.

The division has two distinct but related areas of interest: juvenile series books of all types and eras, including 20th-century publications like those of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and its imitators (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, etc.) as well as more recent and ongoing series (Harry Potter, Twilight, Choose Your Own Adventure, etc.); and the series books’ precursors: early popular publications for mass audiences of all ages (dime novels, nickel weeklies, story papers, etc.). Papers addressing either or both of these areas will be considered.

Participants do not need to be academics or professional writers; however, membership in PCA/ACA is required to formally submit a proposal, and conference registration is required in order to present.

All participants are requested to submit a 250-word abstract with title. First-time participants with this division are encouraged to submit a 1-2 page proposal, including a bibliography, along with the abstract. Email communication is welcomed from potential members desiring feedback on a proposal topic prior to making a formal submission.

The deadline for paper proposals is November 1, 2020. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Please send all inquiries to:

Demian Katz

Villanova University

demian.katz@villanova.edu

 

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live

October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins

November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends

December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins

January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins

January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

February 2, 2021———–Non-Presenters Registration Continues

March 31-April 3, 2021—-National Conference in Boston


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.