CFP and Submissions

New Voices is excited to announce our call for papers for the 2015 New Voices Conference. Proposals are encouraged to incorporate aspects of this year’s conference theme, “The Rule of Threes: Death, Humor, and Repetition”; however, submissions involving a wide range of interests and concerns within the Humanities are also welcome. For more information, please see the Call for Papers section of our website.

In addition to announcing our CFP, we would also like to notify everyone that we are now accepting submissions for the 2015 New Voices Conference. To submit a proposal, please complete and submit the 2015 New Voices Proposal Submission form online. The form will ask for information related to your proposal such as your contact information as well as a 200-300 word abstract. This form and subsequent forms for the 2015 New Voices Conference can be found in the Forms section of our website. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 21, 2014.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee. We are happy to help and look forward to receiving your submissions!

2015 New Voices Conference Theme Announcement

New Voices would like to congratulate Andrea Rogers on the selection of her proposal for the 2015 New Voices Theme submission “The Rule of Threes: Death, Humor, and Repetition.” Please see below for a full description of the theme.

“The Rule of Threes: Death, Humor, and Repetition.”

“At the intersection of death and humor is a central rule: the rule of threes. This rule stipulates that if one person dies, two more will follow. Similarly, the rules of humor suggest that something must occur three times in order to be funny.  This theme seeks to investigate the multiple intersections of humor and death and their relationships to the humanities by asking where humor and death intersect and how the concept of repetition plays a part in these relationships.”

We would like to thank everyone for their submissions for this proposal as well as your participation in the voting for this year’s theme. We received some great submissions for this call and had a great response for the voting. Thank you all for helping to make this upcoming New Voices Conference a great one!

Please check back in the coming months for updates regarding mentoring sessions and calls for papers related to this great theme. Also, be sure to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest from New Voices.

Kickball Fundraising Event Update

New Voices is excited to announce the details regarding their upcoming Kickball Tournament!

  • Who: members of the GSU community
  • When: Sat., May 3rd, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Panthersville Athletic Complex
  • How: Register with a department contact or during the week of April 21st. Registration is $5/player or $40/team (9-10 players).

We encourage you to make teams inside and outside of your departments of faculty, staff, and other GSU students for this event. We will also have snacks and drinks available for purchase during the games. This event is a fundraising event; therefore, all proceeds will go towards funding expenses related to our 2015 conference.

Individual & team registration will take place the week of April 21 on the 9th floor of Langdale Hall. We will also be happy to accept registrations in advance. For more information about individual department contacts and the event in general, please see the New Voices Kickball Fundraiser flyer.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Call for Conference Theme Proposals

Every year, New Voices centers its conference theme on one or more of Fountainhead’s V-Series Readers*. This year, we would like to invite you to propose your ideas regarding our next conference theme!  

Help shape the 2015 New Voices conference by proposing and describing a conference theme involving death, humor, borders, any combination of two, or all three. This theme will determine our conference logo, fundraising events, mentoring sessions, and more, which makes it is a great chance to add a line to your CV and to receive recognition at the conference for your proposal.

Please submit the following information via the Call for Conference Proposals form. Your submission should include:

  • A 300 word proposal
  • A 2 sentence theme synopsis
  • Your contact information

Theme proposals are due April 21, 2014.Themes will be voted on via survey monkey by April 28, 2014, and the winner will be notified by email.

Please direct all questions regarding this call to the New Voices Planning Committee via e-mail at gsu.newvoices @

To download the flyer for this call, please select the Call for Conference Theme Proposals (PDF).

V-Series Selected for Conference Themes

Borders, by Isabel Baca

Death, by Rachelle M. Smith

Humor, V-series forthcoming

Updates from the 03.28.2014 New Voices Planning Meeting

This last Friday at the latest New Voices planning meeting, the committee members and attendees discussed the status of some of the current projects in progress.

To begin, the minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved by the attendees and can now be found on our website for review at the following link: New Voices Planning Committee Minutes from 07 Mar. 2014. The minutes from this meeting will also be made available online once they have been approved at the next meeting.

Additionally, New Voices is excited to announce that we will be releasing a call for 2015 Conference Theme Description Proposals soon. Please check back often for more updates regarding this  call. We will also be posting more information about our Spring 2014 fundraising event within the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for the latest information.

Lastly, New Voices is happy to announce that our e-mail address has officially changed. Our new e-mail address is now If you have any questions or would like to get involved with New Voices, please feel free to contact us. And, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive more communications from New Voices.

Spring 2014 Fundraising Meeting (Part 2)

New Voices is happy to announce that our Spring 2014 Fundraising event will be a kickball game! We are currently in the planning stages for this event and would like to hear from you in our preparations. To help gather your feedback, we have created a Google doc for comments, discussion, and suggestions regarding the planning of this event.

To gain access to this document, please follow the link for the Spring 2014 Kickball Planning document. Here, you will be prompted to request access to the document, which one of the New Voices staff will be happy to address. You can also request access by sending us an e-mail. Once you have been granted access, feel free to suggest ideas, add comments, or discuss details regarding the planning of this event. We will hold another formal discussion about this event and the contents within the document at the next meeting.

Please be sure to check back often for more updates regarding New Voices. We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring 2014 Fundraising Meeting (Part 1)

As mentioned in our last posting, we are opening up a Google Doc for all those who would like to contribute ideas to the Spring 2014 Fundraising meeting scheduled for this Friday (March 14) at 1:00 p.m. but are unable to attend. You may also post ideas if you are planning on coming to the meeting and would just like to have them written in the document before hand.

To access this document, please follow the link for the Spring 2014 Fundraising Ideas & Planning sheet. This link should bring you to a page that will prompt one of the New Voices staff to add you as a collaborator. You may also e-mail us to request access to this document, and we will be happy to add you as well. Once in the document, please fill out a row by providing your name, a brief explanation of your idea, a proposed date for the event, and any additional notes for consideration. Additionally, feel free to mark the last box in an idea’s row for which you would like to cast a vote. We look forward to discussing all of this input at Friday’s meeting.

Please be sure to check back here for more updates after the meeting, and don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list for more updates.

Updates from 03.07.2014 New Voices Meeting

At our meeting this last Friday, the New Voices planning committee made several updates to the committee and the calendar that we would like to share.

First, we are happy to announce that the 2014-2015 New Voices planning committee has been assembled! Please see the home page for a listing of the current committee members. Also, if you would like to volunteer with New Voices during this planning year, please let us know via e-mail.

Additionally, we have decided to hold our first fundraising event for this planning year during the Spring 2014 semester. In light of this development, we will be holing a special meeting to discuss possible fundraising ideas. This meeting is not mandatory; however, we encourage anyone who is interested or has an idea regarding this upcoming event or future fundraising activities to join us for this meeting on March 14 at 1:00 p.m. Please see the Meeting Information page for details. For those of you who will be unable to join us, we will also be opening up a Google Doc so that you can add your ideas for consideration. Please check back  here after the meeting for more information including a link to the document.

Lastly, we have updated the New Voices planning committee meetings with the next three meeting dates. These meeting dates were selected based on the meeting availability days and times that you all kindly shared with us via our meeting availability poll. Please see the Meeting Information page for details regarding the next meeting and the Calendar page for a schedule of upcoming meetings.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have regarding the planning committee activities or the conference. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Several Quick Reminders

  • Please fill out our meeting survey  if you haven’t already. We want to set up meeting times for the rest of the semester.
  • If you are interested in a co-chair position, please send your letter of intent to the New Voices:
  • If you are interested in a committee chair position, either send us an email expressing interest or come to our next meeting
  • Mark your calendars for our next meeting: March 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm in the Graduate Student Lounge on the 9th Floor of Langdale Hall


New Voices Chair Search

Are you looking to add to your CV line? Want to have the competitive edge on the job market? Interested in the idea of running a conference?

If you’ve considered any of these possibilities, then New Voices is for you!

We are in the process of appointing a 2nd chairperson to the New Voices committee. This will be for a two-year tenure and your first year will be spent being trained by the 1st chair.  We have opened this search up to the entire English graduate student community. You do not need to have had previous experience volunteering for New Voices, just an interest in helping plan this growing graduate student conference.

To apply:

  • Send a letter of intent to by March 3rd
  • In your email, please provide several times you are able to meet with the 1st chair to discuss the position
  • 2nd Chair will be appointed at the March 7th 12:30pm New Voices Meeting (Grad student lounge in the English Department)

Remember, New Voices is open to all GSU English graduate students (M.A./Ph.D/Lit Studies/Comp Rhet/Creative Writing). If you are a member of the GEA (which you are), you are eligible to participate in this committee.