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Joseph Csicsila <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 4 Jan 2021 08:45:06 -0500
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Good morning,

The Mark Twain Annual would like to invite folks to consider submitting
essays for the 2022 Special Issue on Mark Twain and the West. The volume is
designed to mark the sesquicentennial of the publication of Roughing It.
Contributors will also receive invitations to participate in the 2021
Quarry Farm Symposium scheduled for October.

Please see the CFP below and let us know if anyone has questions.

Happy New Year!
Joe Csicsila
Associate Editor

*SPECIAL ISSUE:  Mark Twain and the West*

*The Mark Twain Annual *will commemorate the sesquicentennial of *Roughing
It *in 2022 with a special issue devoted to Mark Twain and the West. *The
Annual* is seeking article-length submissions that examine Twain’s
relationship to all aspects of the American West.

This broad scope allows for critical examinations of Twain’s work as:

·       Western regionalist writing

·       Twain and indigenous peoples

·       Twain and immigrant populations

·       Commentary on the American frontier

·       Twain and domestic travel

·       Twain’s Western journalism

·       The West as a shaping force on his development as an artist

·       The circle of writers Twain encountered out West and their
continued relationship

·       Twain and contemporary Western writers

While Twain and the West has been the subject of numerous studies since the
early twentieth century, this special issue seeks to explore what in recent
years has become somewhat forgotten territory in Twain’s fictive and
nonfictive writings.

In addition to being published in *The* *Annual*, authors will have the
opportunity to be part of the Eighth Annual Quarry Farm Weekend Symposium
sponsored by the Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, New York. The
symposium will be held in October 2021, one year prior to publication of *The
Annual.  *The gathering will begin with a dinner on the Elmira College
campus, followed by a keynote address. The symposium will continue
throughout the next day with presentations and discussions in the tranquil
atmosphere of Quarry Farm, a writing retreat reserved for scholars and
writers working in the field of Mark Twain Studies, where breakfast, lunch,
and dinner will also be served. Registrants will be invited back to Quarry
Farm on Sunday morning to enjoy an autumnal breakfast and casual

Those interested should submit a 150-word proposal to Ben Click at
[log in to unmask] by March 31, 2021. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling
basis, and final decisions for symposium participation will be before July
1, 2021 when the symposium program needs to be finalized. Final manuscripts
for publication in *The Annual* must be submitted by December 15,
2021.  Selected
essays should be 4,000-8,000 words in length, but longer essays of more
than 8,000 words will also be considered.