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Accepts undergraduate submissions

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2023 national conference to be held at the Marriott Riverwalk. 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. Please be aware that acknowledgement 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 – nay, celebrated!  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 is tbd.  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.


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 San Antonio!


PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs          

Gillian I Leitch and Heather M Porter


Direct all enquiries to our email address. Gillian responds to email via this address:   [email protected]


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.


The conference will commence early Wednesday morning. 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.

Please consult our handy guide for proposing here:



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


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. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.