Submission Information


Types of Submissions

Scholarly Submissions: NUCL invites scholarly papers that grapple with works of literature, authors, and literary problems in engaging ways. We invite work concerning all literary periods and cultures; but submissions must be written in English. Submissions should be carefully argued, comprehensive in their treatment of text(s), aware of relevant critical debates, and accessible to a broad audience. The ideal submission will be 7 to 9 pages in length (double-spaced); we will not accept submissions that are over 10 pages. 

Creative Submissions:  While the conference's primary emphasis is on scholarly writing, we also invite student poets and essayists to submit 1 essay, or a suite of 5-7 poems. Those chosen will read their work in a few sessions reserved for original poetry and essays. Submitted student poetry and essays should reflect reading experience in contemporary poetry and creative non-fiction.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Open to undergraduate students and advanced high school students
  • Submission must be an original work 
  • Submission must be written in English
  • Presentation of submission cannot exceed 18 minutes when read aloud. We will not accept papers longer than 10 pages in length
  • Student poets should submit 5-7 poems
  • Student essayists should submit only 1 essay (length limited to what can be read in 15 minutes)

How to Submit:

Complete the NUCL Submission Form.

NUCL is sponsored by the Department of English, the Provost's Office, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Dean of Admissions.

"To talk in public, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire, and to answer inquiries, is the business of a scholar." Samuel Johnson, Chapter VIII, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia