Creative Submissions

2017 Call for Submissions: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

March 17 | March 18 |  2017

“When you write a story, you only have to write one story, but there will always be people who will refuse to read the story you have written” -Flannery O’Connor, “Writing Short Stories”

At what point can a piece of literature be truly considered complete? What is the lifespan of a literary world and its inhabitants? What is the role of adaptations, so-called fan art and fanfiction? What is the role of a scribe or a fan author? Upon whose shoulders does the responsibility of keeping a work alive lie? In a world in which the audience demands a voice, how do storytellers adapt to, collaborate, and work with those on the other side of the page?

Imitation has, itself, become an art form. The 15th annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium aims to explore this art in all of its myriad forms. As such, we are calling for academic and hybrid submissions that engage with the contemporary culture of audience engagement vis-à-vis English literature – papers that engage with questions of authorship, fandom, adaptation, transmedia, interpretation, and interactivity.

We welcome papers on the following range of subjects and related themes:

  • Fan created content (Fanfiction, fanart, etc.)
  • Fandom as a cultural practice
  • Fan spaces (Fanfiction archives, conventions, message boards, etc.)
  • Transmedia literature
  • Cross-culture adaptations and translations
  • Collaborative & interactive storytelling
  • Authorship & Ownership
  • Restoration & Modernization
  • Re-interpretation as subversion
  • Satire
  • Literary Criticism

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we will be launching our first annual Conference Proceedings, publishing a score of papers to preserve a record of the event and encourage further exploration into your research. As such, we are asking you to submit 2,500 word papers rather than proposals in order to make the inaugural publication as strong as it can be.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, January 15th 2017 by Midnight (12:00 AM)

Papers should be submitted to  and should not exceed 2500 words. Presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece(s) engage(s) with the theme. Further questions can be directed to

We welcome submissions from anywhere in Canada and abroad, regardless of institution or discipline. We accept multiple submissions by one author, with the understanding that the strongest among them will be chosen for the colloquium. Papers will be judged on the strength of their content and the success with which they engage with the theme.

We look forward to reading your submissions!