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W.W. Newell Prize

The Children's Folklore Section annually offers the W. W. Newell Prize, which includes a cash award, for the best student essay on a topic in children's folklore. Students must submit their own papers, and published papers are not eligible. We invite instructors to encourage students with eligible papers to enter the competition. Papers must be typed and double-spaced; on the first page, include the author's name, academic address, home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. The deadline for each year's competition is September 1. Submit papers, or write for more information, to Dr. C. W. Sullivan, III, English Department, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353 US.

The 2007 Newell Prize, given for the best student essay on a topic in children’s folklore, went to Kristiana Willsey for her paper "The Shoebox Museum: The Aesthetics and Organizational Concepts of Children.” The committee remarked on both the originality of the topic and the interesting way Ms. Willsey presented her analysis of the materials children keep in shoeboxes, cookie tins, and other personal spaces. Kristiana Willsey is a student of John McDowell’s at Indiana University, and her paper will be published in volume 30, 2007-2008, of the Children’s Folklore Review.

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