PCA/ACA

Children/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels

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Accepts undergraduate submissions

CALL FOR PAPERS

The PCA Children’s/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels area is accepting proposals for presentations at the next PCA/ACA annual conference, to be held from April 13-16, 2022. See https://pcaaca.org for more information on the conference.

The area 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.

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.

Participants do not need to be academics or professional writers; undergraduate submissions are welcome but require sponsorship by a faculty advisor, as per PCA policy.

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.

Early submission is strongly encouraged.

 

Please send all inquiries to:

Demian Katz

Villanova University

demian.katz@villanova.edu

 

Matthew Short

Northern Illinois University

mshort@niu.edu

 

 

 

2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01 Sept-21 Submissions Open 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference

 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Area chairs

Demian Katz

Matthew Short