Balisage – Late Breaking News

Balisage 2014 Call for Late-breaking News

Proposals due: June 13, 2014.

You have been drooling over the Preliminary Program for several days and wishing you had submitted a paper to Balisage.

Unlike some mistakes, you have a second chance to appear in the company of the markup stars listed in the program. Second chances in life are rare and I suggest you take advantage of this one.

From the announcement:

The peer-reviewed part of the Balisage 2014 program has been scheduled. A few slots on the Balisage program have been reserved for presentation of “Late-breaking” material.

Proposals for late-breaking slots must be received by June 13, 2014. Selection of late-breaking proposals will be made by the Balisage conference committee, instead of being made in the course of the regular peer-review process.

If you have a presentation that should be part of Balisage, and it isn’t already on the Preliminary Program, please send a proposal message as plain-text email to

In order to be considered for inclusion in the final program, your proposal message must supply the following information:

  • The name(s) and affiliations of all author(s)/speaker(s)
  • The email address of the presenter
  • The title of the presentation
  • An abstract of 100-150 words, suitable for immediate distribution
  • Disclosure of when and where, if some part of this material has already been presented or published
  • An indication as to whether the presenter is comfortable giving a conference presentation and answering questions in English about the material to be presented
  • Your assurance that all authors are willing and able to sign the Balisage Non-exclusive Publication Agreement ( with respect to the proposed presentation

In order to be in serious contention for inclusion in the final program, your proposal should probably be either a) really late-breaking (it happened in the last month or two) or b) a paper, an extended paper proposal, or a very long abstract with references. Late-breaking slots are few and the competition is fiercer than for peer-reviewed papers. The more we know about your proposal, the better we can appreciate the quality of your submission.

Please feel encouraged to provide any other information that could aid the conference committee as it considers your proposal, such as a detailed outline, samples, code, and/or graphics. We expect to receive far more proposals than we can accept, so it’s important that you send enough information to make your proposal convincing and exciting. (This material may be attached to the email message, if appropriate.)

The conference committee reserves the right to make editorial changes in your abstract and/or title for the conference program and publicity.

Balisage will be held in North Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC).

So, no St. Catherine’s street. Sorry.

On the other hand, the yellow pages currently list thirty-four (34) “escort” services in the Washington, D.C. area. I don’t know of any price/service comparison listing for those services.

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