Call for Proposals FAQ
How can I submit a proposal?
Click the link below and submit via Submittable. If you don’t have a free user account, create one then navigate to the Call for Presenters.
What things should I consider before developing my proposal?
Your proposals, and their titles, should be short and dynamic! Presentations are one hour in length and should engage the audience.
Conference attendees are writers at every stage of the journey from aspiring to multi-published authors; bloggers; journalists; playwrights, and others inspired by history.
The conference looks for a mix of presentations; our conferences are on average 50% craft, 25% business of writing, and 25% historical knowledge.
We are also looking for a diversity of topics: ethnic histories, military history, art of warfare, art of living (day to day life in a particular era), topics on self-publishing or finding an agent, balance in the writing life, etc.
We also look for proposals in subgenres such as:
Historical nonfiction & biography
Young adult historical fiction
Race and diversity in historical fiction
Can I submit more than one proposal?
Absolutely! Submit as many proposals for presentations or panels, however, please note that each presenter can only have three (3) accepted proposals. For example; you can present two individual sessions and participate in one panel; conversely, you could participate in two panels and one individual session.
What types of programming formats will be considered?
One or two presenters with expertise in the subject matter.
Three to four panelists discussing various perspectives on a topic or theme. One panelist should serve as moderator. Panels can be on any of the three subject categories; craft, business of writing, or historical knowledge.
What additional information is needed?
Headshot – must have a resolution of at minimum 1200x1800 pixels. These are used for the website information pages and the printed program.
Presenter Bio - All presenters will need to submit a bio of no more than 200 words. Your bio should say something about your expertise in the subject of the presentation, if you have books published (although if the list is extensive, summarize), and any personal information you deem necessary. Be creative, warm and engaging.
If you are proposing a panel, you will be responsible for gathering the photos and bios of your fellow panelists and submitting with the proposal. Note that all materials should be gathered before submission, as submissions are not considered complete without all the information.
What if I need AV request for my presentation?
There are a limited number of slots for AV due to the high cost and space limitations. If you request AV, please indicate how and why it is necessary for your presentation. If AV isn’t imperative but “nice” to have, indicate it as "Preferred, not necessary" on the form and we will assign any empty slots.
Anything else I need to know?
Presenters are conference attendees who share their knowledge and experience. In thanks for taking the time to present, we offer a $100 credit towards the conference fee. Presenters are responsible for registering, travel, and lodging. Please do not submit a proposal if you do not agree to these terms!
You will be asked to check a formal agreement to participate accepting these terms before the submission of your proposal.