National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC)

Message for Participants:

The 2020 National Undergraduate Literature Conference, scheduled to be held at Weber State University March 25–28, has been canceled.

Event organizers reached this decision after closely monitoring updates from local, national and international public health authorities regarding the spread of COVID-19. 

While public health officials suggest the current risk in our area remains low, we have chosen to exercise an abundance of caution to prevent any potential spread of the virus. We also recognize that it has become difficult for many of our out-of-state guests to attend due to institutions across the country restricting travel.

While this announcement comes with much disappointment, we place the health and safety of our students, campus community and university guests above all else.

Registration refunds will be issued through the Weber State University Continuing Education office. Their team will begin issuing refunds, and students/sponsors should get a refund within the next 7–14 business days via check in the mail.

We hope that circumstances will allow all of you to join us at next year’s conference, where we will welcome our three authors, Tobias Wolff, Ayana Mathis and Clint Smith, who have graciously agreed to reschedule.






  Featuring Award-Winning Authors  




Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship.  THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Books of 2013 and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.  Ayana taught Creative Writing at The Writer's Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn.  She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.



Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff's books include the memoirs This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War; the short novel The Barracks Thief; the novel Old School, and four collections of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the Wold, The Night in Question, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. He has also edited several anthologies, among them Best American Short Stories 1994, A Doctor's Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. His work is translated widely and has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Falkner Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, both the MEN/Malamud and the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Story Prize, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English, Emeritus, at Stanford University. In 2015 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.


Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016 It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.



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Submission Deadlines

Registration Deadlines

October 1, 2019 - January 15, 2020 EXTENDED to February 15, 2020

Although submissions do not close until February 5, 2020, interested participants
should seek funding opportunities from your university as early as possible.

February 15 - March 19, 2020 (Regular Registration)
March 20 - March 25, 2020 (Late Registration)

Registration opportunities will not be available following March 25, 2020.


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The WSU National Undergraduate Literature Conference is sponsored by generous support from:

  • J&J Ferree Foundation
  • John E. Lindquist
  • Kathryn Lindquist
  • Suzanne M. Lindquist
  • WSU Office of the President
  • WSU Office of Diversity
  • WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
  • WSU Office of the Provost
  • WSU English Department
  • Dean W. and Carol W. Hurst Artist-in-Residence Endowment
  • Suzanne M. Lindquist & John E. Lindquist National Undergraduate Literature Conference Endowment*
  • The National Undergraduate Literature Conference Endowment*
  • *Endowments established in honor of Mikel Vause, Carl Porter and John A. and Telitha E. Lindquist
  • Nebeker Family Foundation
  • MSL Family Foundation
  • Elliot Hulet