Q: How do I submit a paper?
A: All papers should be submitted through the online form on this website. If you are experiencing issues with the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
Q: When can I submit?
A: The submission period for the conference usually opens in the Fall and closes in early January. The deadline for 2019 submissions is January 12th. Click on the SUBMIT button in the header to get your essay in on time.
Q: Who can submit a paper?
A: We accept papers from undergraduate students in all disciplines in the Humanities. The scope of English Studies submissions can be broad, encompassing analyses of literature, film, media, culture, and art. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach to research in the Humanities, and therefore welcome submissions from all related Humanities fields that can provide different perspectives.
Q: What kind of essay is right for SOULS?
A: If you're not sure if your essay is the right fit, submit anyway! There is no right or wrong standard for SOULS. True to the values of Humanities scholars, we are happy to challenge established models and consider non-traditional papers. In fact, we encourage you to submit an original essay, as these will usually foster the most interesting discussions. For samples of papers that have been presented at QUEUC before, please see our Publications page.
Q: Does the conference have a theme?
A: There is no overarching theme for the conference beyond studies in the Humanities. Accepted papers will be grouped into thematic panels to foster interesting and original conversations that present the most current undergraduate research on their topics.
Q: What is expected of the essays?
A: Submissions should be research essays written at the undergraduate level in the Humanities. A research essay should include an examination of relevant theory as part of the paper's core argument. Essays written for a third- or fourth-year undergraduate course are usually most appropriate for SOULS, though all submissions will be considered. Essays should be about 7-8 pages double-spaced (not including references) in length for a presentation time of 12-15 minutes. Essay submissions must be written in English.
Q: Can I submit a longer essay?
A: Longer essays may be submitted, if the work cannot be shortened before the submission deadline. If accepted, authors will be asked to shorten their paper to the required length of 7-8 pages before their presentation is confirmed, as all presenters will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present their research.
Q: Any other submission requirements?
A: As submissions will be reviewed blindly, it's important to remove all marks of your identity from your paper including name, university, professor, course number, etc. Submissions in .docx or .doc format are preferred as we will need editing features during the vetting process. PDF files will not be accepted.
Q: How many essays can I submit?
A: A maximum of two submissions per author will be considered. Please note that submissions will be reviewed individually and a maximum of one submission will be accepted per author.
Q: What happens after I submit?
A: Essays will be accepted until the submission deadline (Jan 12th, 2018). The SOULS Vetting Committee, composed of senior students and faculty members in the English Department at Bishop's University, will review the papers in rounds of double-blind vetting. Each paper will be evaluated by at least two students and one professor, to ensure a rigorous peer-review. Once the highest quality papers have been identified, the Panel Committee will meet to create thematic panels out of the pool of potential papers. Thus, a paper that is strong on its own may still fail to be accepted, if we cannot find it a fitting panel. Acceptances are announced in early February.