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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!

Creative Submissions

Seeking Readers for (m)ad Libs

Concordia’s 2016 English Graduate Colloquium wants you! Monstrous Impositions is looking for readers for our creative night, (m)Ad Libs, taking place on Friday March 4, from 8:00 – 11:00 at Kafein (1429 Rue Bishop).

We are seeking readings in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and everything in between! Material need not correspond with the theme of this year’s colloquium, though we are confident the night will be a strong kick off to the dynamic and inclusive spirit of the weekend’s festivities.

To volunteer for our list of scheduled readings please email with your name, the form you’re writing in (poetry/creative non-fiction/fiction), and a 13-word bio by February 25th. To facilitate the inclusion of as many writers as possible we ask that readings be kept to 5-7 minutes.

We will also have an open mic portion, with a sign-up sheet at the event.

Questions, concerns, and moral quandaries should be sent to For more information on the colloquium, visit

Can’t wait to see you there!

Creative Submissions

Deadline Extended!

Our call for submissions deadline has been extended from January 15, 2016 to January 22, 2016. This will be the only extension, so make sure to get your submissions in before midnight!

Monstrous Impositions

March 4 | March 5 | March 6, 2016

Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them. — Glen Duncan

You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous. — John Steinbeck

When is a text an impostor? When does it speak with a monstrous voice? How is authority conferred to texts? At what point does an imposition become a keystone text? How does a field change in relation to these emerging impositions? Is the revolutionary already normative? Is it possible to answer these questions within a developing field of study? How do you situate the individual vis-à-vis a field?

The 14th Annual Concordia University English Graduate Colloquium is calling for academic, creative, and hybrid submissions on “Monstrous Impositions” that will engage with a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues, using metaphorical and actual figures of rupture to mobilize critique and understanding of authority/authorship in many institutional guises. Ideal submissions will address these complications in regards to their relevance in present day academia, creative/critical writing, and literature.

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

– Discipline boundaries and interdisciplinarity

– Digital humanities

– Ruptures of genre and conventions

 (both established and transformative)

– Disruptions of the canon

– Dissidence vs. normativity

– Intergenerational trauma

– Authorship and transformative media (fanfiction, translation) as creative violation

– Embodied / disembodied technological experiences

– Literature and games

– Minority voices, appropriation, writing back

– Folktales and mythologies

Deadline for submissions: Extended to January 22, 2016

Proposals should be submitted to by midnight on January 22, 2016 and should not exceed 300 words. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Creative and hybrid proposals should address how the piece(s) engage(s) with the theme, including critical or other perspectives. Please note that creative presentations need not consist of 20 minutes of reading original work. All applicants are encouraged to submit a brief bio of 40-50 words for use in promotional materials.Further questions can be directed to

We look forward to reading your submissions!