The MLA ‘23 Contributed Content Workgroup (CCWG) has put together a checklist for submitting a paper or immersion session to MLA ’23. The first round of the abstract submission process is open now through October 13, 2022.
Download the full checklist.
Review the MLA ’23 FAQs
Before getting started, see the criteria (rubrics) for scoring abstracts and other important details within the contributed content FAQs.
Know your audience
Will your paper or immersion session resonate with the attendees? You may also be delivering to an audience that is unfamiliar with your specific area. Think about how your paper will sound to them.
Think of collaborators to work with and cosponsor the session. Work together to submit a proposal that will advance skills and competencies of interest to your groups.
Where does it fit?
Decide what area of practice your submission fits best in (and a secondary area, if relevant).
Keep it short
For Program Description Abstracts, you have up to 440 words to work with between the background (120), description (200), and conclusion (120). You don’t have space to explain every detail—focus on the most important parts of your project.
Leave the jargon at home
It may sound impressive when you add fancy words but avoid too much jargon. You will most likely be presenting to a mixed crowd; not everyone will be familiar with jargon related to your topic.
Have a point
Even if you don’t yet know what that point is, make a concise and intelligible claim. Emphasize the innovative. The abstract doesn’t have to break new ground; it only needs to suggest your paper might do so.
Go beyond the basic panel presentation and be sure to submit a clear overview of your session, including instructional methods and lots of participant engagement.
Organize your information
Keep your information structured. The more transparent your structure, the more likely an audience will be able to identify key takeaways of your presentation.
Ask a friend to review
Have colleagues review your proposal before submission and check that it is well organized, clearly understandable, and describes your presentation.
Get started on your submission today. The CCWG looks forward to reading your abstracts! #mlanet23
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