NULC 2022 ~ March 31-April 2, 2022

The National Undergraduate Literature Conference 2022 will be moving to a hybrid/virtual format due to increasing COVID-19 cases in Utah and throughout the United States.  We were hoping to be able to get back to being with our student presenters and authors in person, but believe it is better to put safety as our number one priority.  As such, all student sessions will be held virtually in a Zoom meeting format. 

We know the downside to that, but also recognize there are a few upsides too.  Our submission deadline has been extended to March 1, 2022 and registration will be free to all our student presenters.  For students who are wanting to present their work but are not in Ogden, Utah, finding funding for traveling, registration, and etc., might be hard to come by this year due to COVID restrictions.  By doing all the student presentations/sessions virtually everyone will be able to participate and get some experience under your belt for NULC 2023, which we are planning to hold in person.  See "Submissions and Deadlines" for more information. 

We are looking forward to having a robust selection of submissions and participation.  Each of our keynote authors  will be presenting in a live-streamed format and will allow time for Q&As from our student presenters.  Please join us this year and help us maintain the excellence of this conference and the unique opportunities it offers undergraduate students.  We hope the NULC continues for many years to come!

Sarah Vause and Mike Vause, Co-Directors of the National Undergraduate Literature Conference

Dana Gibson, Executive Operations Manager

Haylee Oyler and Jackson Reed, NULC student interns

  Award-Winning Authors  


Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis's stunning debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was hailed by critics as the arrival of an incandescent literary talent. The book tells the story of the Great Migration through the eyes of a woman who moves from the South to Philadelphia and her eleven children and one grandchild—her twelve tribes. Oprah Winfrey called it "astonishing" and selected it as the second book for the Oprah's Book Club 2.0. A New York Times bestseller, Hattie was selected as a Best Book of the Year in 2013 by the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR. It was nominated for a 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Black literature. Mathis's nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. She was also a contributor to the essay collection Double Bind: Women on Ambition, along with Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, and others. Mathis has been the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, The Bogliasco Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, and the American Academy in Berlin. She was the first Black woman to be a permanent member of the faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has taught in MFA Programs at Columbia University and Rutgers. She is at work on her second novel, A Violent Woman.



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 staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the authorof Counting Descent, which 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. Clint has received fellowships from New America, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He currently teaches writing and literature at the DC Central Detention Facility. His debut nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed, which explores how different historical sites reckon with—or fail to reckon with—their relationship to the history of slavery, was published by Little, Brown in June 2021. He received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University. 




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Submission Deadlines

Registration Deadlines

October 30, 2021 - March 1, 2022

We will contact you via email if your work is accepted for presentation.

February 24 - March 15, 2022 (Regular Registration)
March 16 - March 30, 2022 (Late Registration)

Registration opportunities will not be available following March 30, 2022.


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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
  • William & Amanda J. H. Waterstradt Memorial
  • 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