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Call for Submissions, Conference News, and Organisations of Interest

1. Women of the Press in the 1890s

Victorians Journal of Culture and Literature, in conjunction with The International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), plans a special issue on “Women of the Press in the 1890s.” The issue will be guest-edited by Clare Horrocks and Alyson Hunt. Questions and submissions of 5000-6000 words should be sent to,, and The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017, notification by August 1, with an anticipated publication for the issue in the fall.

2. Generations: The 25th British Women Writers Association Conference

June 21-24, 2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

The British Women Writers Association (BWWC) will hold its 25th annual conference at the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina. This year’s conference, Generations, looks back at a quarter-of-a-century of feminist research and scholarship to honor those who forged, established, and encouraged a tradition of women’s critical writing. Access conference and registration information by going to .

3. Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) Study Day

The VPFA’s 2017 Study Day will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire Campus, on Saturday April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s Study Day, Victorian Popular Collaborations, examines how the nineteenth-century literary marketplace’s expansion resulted in a marked proliferation of collaborative modes of writing, and the effects co-authorship, multiple authorship, and networks of collaborators brought to serial publication, popular fiction and its audience, and traditional notions about the solitary, predominantly male, genius, garret-writer. Patricia Pulham will deliver the Keynote Address, “Collaborating with the Dead: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Borrowed Prestige.” Kirsty Bunting and Janine Hatter, the Study Day’s Organisers, will chair a Roundtable, “Teaching Victorian Popular Collaboration.” Access registration information, including details about the Vegetarian Buffet Lunch and the optional Afternoon Cream Tea at The Brasserie, Crewe Hall Hotel by going to

4. The Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association

Braddon fans will discover that The Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association (MEBA) will fulfill all their Braddon needs. Established in 2013 to promote interest in the life and works of this important nineteenth-century popular fiction writer, the MEBA is a central platform for Braddon studies. By providing a forum for discussion on all Braddon-related issues, the Association opens the door for Braddon-lovers to unite. Materials on the website include a biography, a Braddon bibliography with links to Braddon e-texts, a scholarly bibliography of secondary material, book reviews, and blog posts on her life and works. Access the Association’s homepage by going to and follow on Twitter @Braddoninfo .