All the Pretty Horses 2013

The Cormac McCarthy Society’s
20th Anniversary Conference

Berea College
Berea, Kentucky
March 6-9, 2013

Call for Papers

The Cormac McCarthy Society invites submissions for its 20th Anniversary Conference, to be held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky on March 6-9, 2013.

The primary themes of this conference will be:

  • All the Pretty Horses at 20;
  • A celebration of Cormac McCarthy at 80;
  • And the history, works, and influence of the Cormac McCarthy Society on the occasion of its own 20th Anniversary.

Papers on all other topics relating to the works of Cormac McCarthy, from all perspectives, are also invited.

Note: because it is by far the most popular, widely read, and widely taught of McCarthy’s novels, we will be running a special session on pedagogy and All the Pretty Horses. We especially invite papers on teaching All the Pretty Horses at any academic level. This subject may include commentaries or critiques of the existing critical literature, including annotations and readers’ guides.

Those interested in participating should submit a one-to-two-page précis of their proposed paper as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) via email to the Cormac McCarthy Society Anniversary Conference Committee no later than November 30, 2012.

Alternatively, you may submit your précis in writing via regular mail to:

The Cormac McCarthy Society Anniversary Conference Committee
13850 SW 100th Avenue
Miami, FL 33176

Your submission must reach us no later than December 14, 2012. We will notify all contributors of the status of their submissions in early January, 2013.

Final drafts should be readable in presentation within 15-20 minutes. We expect this conference to be extremely well attended, so keeping within this timeframe is critical in order to keep the sessions on track.

We will select the most interesting and original submissions. Please be sure to review the existing critical literature in your particular chosen subject area carefully to avoid repeating or merely restating ideas or observations that have already been published.

Please note that all presentation acceptances are conditional until participants have paid the official registration fee for the Conference (the lodging and meal packages will be entirely discretional). The deadline for payment of this fee will be January 31, 2013. Registration fees paid after this date may not guarantee inclusion in the Conference program.

20th Anniversary Anthology

We intend to publish a selection of papers from this conference as a standalone 20th Anniversary Critical Anthology about All the Pretty Horses. Those participants who wish to have their work considered for inclusion in this anthology should submit their completed papers to the Society as MLA-formatted word documents, endnotes only, via email no later than February 15, 2013.

We will also assist contributors of papers on other topics to publish their work in other journals, including future issues of The Cormac McCarthy Journal.

About Berea College

Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. Berea’s cost of educating a student exceeds $23,000 per year. For more information about Berea College, visit

Berea College is located off Interstate 75, just southeast of Lexington, Kentucky and roughly midway between Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee. For driving directions, visit

More Information

We have just announced our official conference registration fees and other details about the Conference (including discounted lodging and transportation information) over the next several weeks. These are now available on the Conference Fees, Lodging, and Transportation Page.

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