AWP21 Session Proposals
ALTA welcomes panel proposals for AWP 2021 (March 3-6, 2021 in Kansas City, Kansas).

Note: The last day to submit a session proposal to ALTA is April 15, 2020.

As part of ALTA's literary partnership with AWP, we are invited to submit 5 translation-related session proposals to the AWP conference proceedings. These sessions are a chance to showcase what ALTA members are doing at the forefront of literary translation! Historically, ALTA-submitted sessions have had a higher rate of acceptance than the average AWP session proposal acceptance rate.

We encourage submissions from translators at every stage in their careers. Panels can focus on the craft of translation, practical advice for entering the field, historical approaches to (and historical impacts on) translation, the significance of a particular translator or school of translation, translation pedagogy or pedagogical uses of translation, and much more—this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather an inspirational one. When crafting your proposal, consider how you might bridge the AWP and ALTA constituencies, focusing on intersections of creative writing/literary translation, publishing/literary translation, and more. In support of AWP’s recent initiative regarding diversity and inclusion, we are interested in panels that explicitly engage with these ideas, and that support inclusive participation.

Please also take a moment to carefully read through AWP’s own event proposal guidelines: Please note that each participant may be included on up to three event proposals and up to two conference events. It is rare for three proposals for one individual to be accepted, but in the case that this happens, that participant would need to step down in order to comply with the two-event limit.

AWP requires that all proposals be complete (have at least 3 participants confirmed) at the time of proposal. The deadline to submit a session proposal to ALTA is April 15, 2020. If your proposal is not accepted by ALTA, you are welcome to submit it as an event proposal directly to AWP. More information can be found here:

Questions may be sent to Kelsi Vanada, ALTA’s Program Manager, at

Only ALTA members may submit panel proposals. To check your membership status, join, or renew, please visit:

Proposals may ONLY be submitted by using this form.

Proposals MUST include:
1) title
2) moderator
3) at least three panelists
4) a description of no more than 500 characters (about 60 words)
5) a statement of merit (why the panel should be included at AWP) of no more than 500 characters (about 60 words)

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