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Call for Proposals: ChLA-Sponsored Sessions at MLA 2023

deadline for submissions:

June 9, 2021

full name / name of organization:

Children's Literature Organization

contact email:

The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) is seeking proposals to review for inclusion at MLA 2023.

Each year, ChLA is guaranteed one session at the MLA Convention and can submit proposals for up to two more. If you would like to submit a session topic, please send the following to ChLA/MLA Liaison Jill Coste ( by June 9, 2021: (1) A short description (300-500 words) of your proposal idea, and, if relevant, (2) the name of another MLA-affiliated entity (forum or allied organization) you plan to seek as a co-sponsor. (See MLA forums here; see MLA allied organizations here.)

The ChLA Board will examine the proposals and select the top three** (one guaranteed, plus two additional) for submission to the 2023 MLA Convention, held January 5 - 8 in San Francisco, CA.

Please note that if ChLA chooses to submit two sessions in addition to the guaranteed session, one of those additional must be a collaborative session with another entity (forum, allied organization, etc.).

**The proposals for the two additional sessions are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the MLA Program Committee. Please see the Planning a Convention Session page of the MLA Web site for further details.

Proposals from scholars of all levels are welcome! If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jill Coste at