Shakespeare Association of America


Each SAA meeting features a plenary session of short papers by early-career presenters.

NextGenPlen papers are selected via an anonymous screening process, with precedence given to those introducing new topics, displaying fresh thinking about traditional issues, and demonstrating diverse approaches.

Those submitting papers for consideration must be either (1) graduate students at the dissertation stage or (2) scholars who have received the Ph.D. within the past three years. All submitters must be current members of the SAA.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 conference, the 2020 NextGenPlen rolled over to the program for the 2021 conference, and we did not be taking applications for NextGenPlen for the 2021 conference. Instead the date requirements for application to the 2022 conference in Jacksonville, FL have been temporarily adjusted so that anyone who did not get a chance to apply for 2021 can do so for 2022.

Each submission should be uploaded in two parts:

  • An online form indicating (1) the name of the author, (2) the affiliation of the author (if applicable), and (3) the date the Ph.D. was awarded or is expected.
  • A paper, five pages double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font (for a reading time of ten minutes maximum).

Papers must be thoroughly anonymized, with no names or affiliations in page headers and no author identities betrayed in notes or acknowledgments. Papers that have been incompletely anonymized will not be reviewed.

Those whose papers are selected are required to withdraw from seminar or workshop participation. Presentation times are strictly enforced to allow for discussion time.

Deadline: 1 October 2021.