Memphis 2015: Submission Guidelines

Fifty Years of Cormac McCarthy

The 2015 Conference of The Cormac McCarthy Society

Co-sponsored by The Department of English at The University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
October 8-10, 2015

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper. To celebrate and reflect on this milestone, The Cormac McCarthy Society announces its biannual conference.

  • The primary themes of the conference include:
  • Fifty Years of Cormac McCarthy
  • Cormac McCarthy’s Influence on American Popular Culture
  • The Orchard Keeper at 50
  • Cormac McCarthy’s Early Short Stories
  • Films or Television Versions of McCarthy Novels, Screenplays, and Plays

Pedagogy: We invite papers on teaching The Orchard Keeper at any academic level. This subject may include commentaries or critiques of the existing critical literature.

Papers, however, are not limited to these topics; we encourage submissions related to Cormac McCarthy from any literary, critical, or historical perspective. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Those interested in presenting at the conference 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 at Please be sure also to submit a cc of your proposal to Please write “2015 conference” in the subject line of your email.

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

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

Please send only outline or précis proposals. Please do not send competed papers at this time.

We will notify all contributors of the status of their submissions no later than July 5, 2013, which should facilitate travel planning and assure you one of the reserved rooms at the conference hotel.

Proposals for complete panels are encouraged. They should be accompanied by titles and précis for at least three complete papers by the panel participants. Those members assembling panels should solicit papers before submitting their proposals to the Society.

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

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