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MLA ’21: Call for Submissions

The 2021 National Program Committee invites abstract submissions that support the annual conference theme of “Transforming our Diversifying Communities." The call has been divided into two calls for submission:

  • Call for posters and lightning talks: Closed.
  • Call for papers and immersion sessions: Closed.

Accept and decline emails will be sent in mid December for papers, and early January for Immersion Sessions. Notifications will be sent early March for lightning talks and posters.

How to Submit

  • Submit your structured abstract with a description of a research project or program using the guidelines on MLANET.
  • Groups (caucuses, chapters, and others) can submit proposals for substantial, focused content sessions (for example, invited speakers or panel presentations) in the first call. Previously known as special content sessions, these are now called immersion sessions.
  • The MLA Research Caucus awards individuals with the best research-based papers and posters. View details about research awards on MLANET.

FAQs and More Information

Questions: Contact the Contributed Content Planning Group

Contributed Content Planning Group

  • Papers: Barbara Ballew, AHIP, Alexa Mayo, AHIP, Kim Mears, and Jennifer Schram, AHIP
  • Posters: Rebecca Carlson, AHIP, Kelsey Grabeel, AHIP, and Jessica Sender, AHIP
  • Lightning talks: Charlotte Beyer, AHIP, Margaret Hoogland, AHIP, and Gregg Stevens, AHIP
  • Immersion sessions: National Program Committee Contributed Content Working Group

Key Dates


  • January 5: Submit abstracts for posters and lightning talks
  • February 15: Deadline for poster and lightning talk submissions
  • March 11: MLA sends notifications of acceptance for posters and lightning talks