International Sponsorship Grant

The International Committee assembles a special country focus panel at the Association's annual conference and selects the recipient of ChLA's International Sponsorship Grant.  The CFP for 2020 follows:

Call for Papers:
International Committee Focus Panel Session on Korean children’s literature
September 15, 2019

47th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference
Hosted by University of Washington
June 18 - 20, 2020
Bellevue, Washington

The International Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is planning a special focus panel on Korean children’s literature, to be presented at the 47th Children’s Literature Association Conference. This conference will be held in Bellevue, Washington, and hosted by the University of Washington from June 18 through 20, 2020. 

The committee invites paper proposals that focus on the writing, editing and publishing of Korean children’s literature. The Committee is particularly interested in proposals that relate these books to the conference theme of “Sustainability Through Story: Eco-Justice, Children’s Literature, and Childhood.” (Please see the definition of the conference theme at  We especially encourage Korean scholars resident in Korea to submit, but will consider the submissions of any scholars with an interest in and commitment to Korean children’s literature.

Two abstracts will be selected, and the authors will receive “The ChLA International Honor Award,” which includes a grant of $500 each to cover expenses related to the conference (such as the membership and registration fees). Those papers selected for the International Focus panel will accompany a presentation by the Distinguished Scholar who will be invited by the Committee to present at the conference. 

Please send 500-word abstracts accompanied by up to 250-word bios to the International Committee, Children’s Literature Association, at [email protected] with the subject line “International Committee Paper Submission.”  The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2019. 

Authors of proposals selected for the panel will be notified by October 1, 2019.  The International Committee encourages those scholars who are not selected for the International Focus panel to submit an abstract through the general Call for Proposals so that Korean children's literature will become part of other panels at the conference. The deadline for general submission to the 2020 ChLA conference is October 15, 2019.