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Accepts undergraduate submissions

*The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area will not accept proposals for the 2022 Virtual Conference after the 23 December 2021 deadline. Other areas for consideration are Television, Film, Gender or Gender and Media Studies, Game Studies, Comics and Comic Art, and Fan Culture and Theory.*


One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2022 national conference. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the approval / guidance of their professors).


PCA/ACA SFF welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SFF:  art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games.  


Submission Guidelines:  In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, 250-word proposals for individual papers should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of their intention to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program.  


You will need the following information for submission.

  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
  • Name and contact information of supervising professor—undergraduates only
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper – we understand that paper titles may change between submission and presentation, but the topic of the presentation should not change
  • 250-word proposal(s)


The proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status  Please be aware that acknowledgment of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance.  Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline.  Earlier submission is appreciated.  Be sure to read all correspondence from us and from PCA thoroughly as important information with respect to registration, scheduling, accommodations, etc. is provided via email. Note that you must pay your PCA membership dues when submitting a proposal for the conference. 


You may not simultaneously submit proposals to multiple areas. Not only is that a discourtesy to area chairs, but the master program will not accept a second proposal. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area.


Each year the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, action figures, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! This year’s movie will be a science fiction film, Silent Running (1972), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Fundraising supports area activities, such as speakers, a cash award to the best student paper, and travel awards for students and faculty/independent scholars. We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under the weight of your SFF memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.


Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries. Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information. SFF also offers several travel awards for people presenting in the area; these awards are also highly competitive. Anyone applying for funding, whether through the PCA or SFF area, should be aware that funds awarded are unlikely to offset all the expenses associated with attending the conference. More details about the SFF awards can be found at the area’s website: www.pcasff.wordpress.com.


Hope to see you in 2022!

PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs           

Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn, and Heather M Porter                                                                           

Direct all enquiries to our email address. Gillian responds to email via this address:   pcasff@gmail.com


NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference is expected.


Please note that this is a professional conference and once you are accepted, your presentation becomes integral to the success of the event.  If you must cancel, please notify the Area Chairs of your withdrawal as soon as you know.  Failure to do so will impact future opportunities to present at this conference.


Be advised that your panel will be assigned a time randomly by the master scheduler. We cannot change the schedule after it is completed, so please ensure that you will be able to attend the entire conference before you submit your proposal. In other words, clear your schedule from Wednesday through Saturday. We will notify you of your exact presentation time as soon as we can.  

Please consult our handy guide for proposing.




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

Gillian I Leitch

Sherry Ginn

Heather M. Porter