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MLA '17 Programming by the Numbers: Papers, Posters, Lightning Talks, and Special Content Sessions

The MLA ′17 Contributed Content Working Group thanks everyone who took the time and effort to prepare and submit abstracts for the upcoming annual meeting, as well as those who volunteered their time to review the abstracts. We could not have completed the peer review process without you!

The theme, Dream, Dare, Do, generated an interesting play on words for many authors, and we believe it also gave us all an opportunity to think about the work we do in a different light. The submissions received were of the highest quality, and we are confident that you will find the programming in Seattle to be outstanding. Below is a numerical summary of the submissions. The Contributed Content Working Group is happy to see that many at MLA this year will be first time presenters!


Content Type



Acceptance Rate

First-Time Presenters

Papers 215   85 40% 29%*
Special Content Sessions 29 12 41% 14%*
Lightning Talks 1st Choice 40 23 56%  
Lightning Talks 2nd Choice 51 10 20% 42%*
Posters 1st Choice 208   160   77%  
Posters 2nd Choice 78 67 86% 38%*

* Percentages reflect the number of first-time presenters of accepted content.

For the first time this year, posters will be grouped by topic, which should help you track down the authors of the posters of greatest relevance to your work.

Still want a chance to present at MLA ′17 in Seattle this year? Be on the lookout for a call for Late Breaking Lightning Talks in late January/early February.

The Contributed Content Working Group

Emily Vardell, Jeff Williams, Mary Piorun, Lisa Marks, Ryan Harris


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