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Paper Awards

MPCA/ACA Competitive Paper Awards

The Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association welcomes submissions for its conference paper competition. The deadline for entry is September 17 before the conference. Papers should be sent to the appropriate email address below.


Award Category for 2024:

Contemporary Popular Culture (1900-Present)

Competitive papers should range between 15-25 pages of double-spaced text in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Papers should be written in clear US English in the active voice and in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience.

For documentation, follow the Modern Language Association style, which calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanations.

On the title page (separate from the remainder of the document) include the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. All author references must be removed from the text of the paper. In addition, the author(s) are required to state the category that they are entering. For papers that cross boundaries, one should use his or her best judgment regarding the overall thesis of the paper and its contribution to popular culture studies.

Send papers to:

Contemporary Popular Culture Paper Award Committee –

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