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MLA '18 Submissions Acceptance Rates

The MLA ′18 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, Adapting, Transforming, Leading, was broad enough to give us all an opportunity to showcase our work and research. The submissions received were of high quality, and we are confident that you will find the programming in Atlanta to be outstanding. Below is a numerical summary of the submissions.

Content Type Submitted Accepted Acceptance Rate
Papers 197 75 38%
Special Content Sessions 29 11 38%
Lightning Talks 1st Choice 37 14 38%
Lightning Talks 2nd Choice 44 18 41%
Posters 1st Choice 144 143 99%
Posters 2nd Choice 80 37 46%


We are also proud to feature first-time presenters throughout the conference. Chances are, no matter what type of content you see in Atlanta, you’ll come across a New Voice in the profession!

Content Type Accepted New Voices (n) New Voices* (%)
Papers 75 18 24%
Special Content Sessions 11 1 9%
Lightning Talks 32 9 28%
Posters 180 45 25%

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

Still want a chance to present at MLA ′18 in Atlanta this year? Be on the lookout for a call for Late Breaking Lightning Talks in late January/early February.

The Contributed Content Working Group

Brandi, Joey, Meredith, Molly, Montie, Susan

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