I am still very interested in submitting my paper to the BYU English Symposium. After attending, I know that it would be a great way for me to start small and learn how to present my ideas to a group of peers and professors. The English Symposium also accepts a wide variety of papers, which will give me a lot of freedom with what I want to say in my paper.
However, I also found a call for papers for May 1st. It is the Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Student Conference located in Mississippi. The graduate students are putting on this conference and calling critical and creative works focused primarily on Southern writers. If I submit my paper to this conference, I will have to focus more on the Southern nature of As I Lay Dying and how that affects Faulkner's portrayal of the family. The conference is on the 17th-19th of June. I think this would be a good way to focus my writing.
I just saw Kate's comment on my most recent post, and she gave me a great outlet for my paper that I hadn't found yet! It's the CFP Faulkner and Print Culture Conference, and submissions are due in January. I will definitely be considering how I can tie my paper into one of the topics suggested in the information for this conference! Thanks, Kate!