Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference

Featuring Candice Gilmer, NYT and USA Today’s best selling author

The Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference will be virtually held Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 – Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. It is sponsored by the Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

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Register for the 2023 Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference.

The Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Friends University will hold a virtual undergraduate and graduate research conference for the High Plains Region and our neighbors from other regions. We invite all students as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta to send critical papers and creative works to share in scholarly and creative presentations, and attendance is open to all.

Our guest speaker will be the NYT and USA Today’s best selling author, Candice Gilmer. Candice explains, it took getting grounded for her to realize her imagination was much more interesting than the real world. She started writing out imaginative stories in high school, and published her first book in 2008. Since then, she’s published 30+ books, hit the New York Times and USA Today lists, and written about everything from small-town salons to sexy aliens on other worlds. And her imagination isn’t done yet.

For more information about Gilmer see the following:

The conversation and Q&A will take place on the evening of Friday, Nov 3. We will also have a number of other activities of interest including a session to generate roundtable submissions for the 2024 International Convention in March, an alumni roundtable, and an open mic night.


(All Times CST) 

Friday, Nov. 3
7:00-8:00 Guest Author Q&A, Candice Gilmer
8:00-8:30 Open Mic

Saturday, Nov. 4
9:00-11:30 morning sessions
11:30-12:45 Lunch Break and Convention Roundtable Networking
1:00-5:00 afternoon sessions

Registration: Free/ The conference will be virtual this year.


Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta. Presenters may submit either a critical essay or creative work in any genre, and submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. If you have a critical topic that you would like to present but have not quite completed the work, you may send a 250- to 500-word abstract of the paper instead. Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Kassia Krone, at if you have questions about the topic of your paper.

Document Format for Submissions

  • Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Files should be named like this: “LastNameCritical” or “LastNameCreative”
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title and genre of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student, or the institution you graduated from if you are an alumni member. Audio-visual technology will be available.

    Submission Deadline: Monday Oct. 16, 2023
    Email submissions to
    Acceptance Notifications: no later than Monday, Oct. 23

Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference

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Register for the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference