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Submitting Proposals

Program Proposals

The Program Proposal System is now closed, and proposals are being reviewed. Thank you to everyone who submitted! Announcements will be made in April.


Deadline for all submissions:
8:00 a.m. PST, January 12, 2017


Proposal Resources


Submitting a Proposal

All proposals are required to submit the following information. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Proposal Title

Proposal Description
A maximum 500-word description of the proposal that will be shared with the program planning committee.

Proposal Abstract
A 50-word description of the presentation for use in the program book.

Reviewer Level
Proposals are reviewed by subcommittees of the Convention Planning Committee--Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Teacher Education, Research, General. Proposers are asked to select one subcommittee to review the proposal. 

Some proposals are accepted into special strands for the convention program. Inclusion in these strands is determined by groups of reviewers representing certain committees or conferences within NCTE. Descriptions for each of the strands is available here. Proposers are able to choose a strand or strands to review the proposal in addition to the regular review.

Audience Level
Proposers must indicate the grade level (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College, Teacher Education) that would most benefit from attending the session. If all levels would benefit the proposer can choose to submit to the General category.

Topic of Emphasis
Every proposal must identify one topic of emphasis. A list of topics is available here

Format of Session
All proposals must indicate what type of session will be presented if accepted. The list of session formats is available here

General Information

NCTE policy limits each participant to one extended speaking appearance per convention. The program chair may drop multiply submitting speakers from all but one extended speaking role, which may result in sessions being excluded. The following do NOT count as extended speaking roles: session chairs, respondents, roundtable discussants/facilitators.

All speakers are required to pay registration fees for the convention. Speakers are encouraged to be members of NCTE. NCTE does not reimburse program speakers for travel or hotel expenses.

To promote new involvement by people from historically under-represented groups,
NCTE’s Conference on English Education invites applications for CEE Geneva Smitherman Cultural Diversity grants to help defray the costs of travel and registration for the NCTE Convention. Applicants should check the “CEE Geneva Smitherman Cultural Diversity Grant” box on the proposal form and visit the website to submit an application. The application deadline is Monday, May 20, 2017.


We encourage proposals that explore the unique learning environment of the community college.

Proposals designed to advertise or disseminate information about books, materials, or services for sale will not be accepted.

Session proposers should advise all involved in their proposal that submission of a proposal does not constitute an invitation to appear on the program. Individual invitations are sent in late spring following the planning committee’s review meeting.

Trade book authors who require funding from their publishers to appear on the program must secure that support prior to the proposal deadline.

Sessions are accepted with the expectation that the presenters listed will present at the Convention; changes to the presenter list after acceptance may result in the session being removed from the program.

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