COVID-19 Updates

MLA staff members are working remotely to make sure MLA resources are available to you, and we’ve created a new site that has information to help you move your course online. Please check this page regularly for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and the MLA.


  • The MLA has launched an emergency grant program to help part-time faculty members who’ve been hard hit by the outbreak. The $500 grants will be awarded by lottery. The application deadline is 1 May.
  • We’ve developed a new tool for teachers who want to set up a course site quickly. Log in to your Humanities Commons account or set up a free one. Choose Create a site, and then select Is this a course site? The Web site theme comes with sections for syllabi, lesson plans, a calendar, and more. Need help? Check out the demo and instructions.
  • To provide additional resources to those teaching remotely, we’ve released an early preview of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, a curated collection of syllabi, lesson plans, videos, and other resources for teaching and research. Check out the keywords and build your own collections of artifacts.
  • To help teachers find and evaluate resources for teaching, including remote instruction, the MLA has made relevant sections from recent MLA books available for free on the Scholarly Communication Web site.
  • Teaching MLA style remotely? A recording of our webinar MLA Style 101: A Hands-On Workshop is available for free.

Deadline Changes

  • The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2021 convention has been extended to 6 April. The Program Committee realizes that the COVID-19 situation, school closings, and shifts in teaching expectations will affect your ability to put together a convention proposal and will take all these factors into consideration when evaluating proposals.
  • All 1 April 2020 deadlines for MLA publication prizes have been changed to 1 May. If you or your publisher has submitted or is planning to submit a work for a 2020 publication prize, we ask that you send electronic copies to
  • The deadline to apply for an MLA Bibliography fellowship has been changed to 14 April.
  • The deadline to nominate yourself for a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship or Seed Grant has been changed to 1 May. Find out more about the nomination process.


  • The Executive Council has issued a statement on COVID-19 and academic labor and signed on to a joint statement on faculty review and reappointment processes during the crisis.
  • Paula Krebs, the executive director of the MLA, has written an op-ed on how the COVID-19 outbreak and the move to online teaching is bringing to light the problems of higher education’s reliance on contingent labor.