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W.W. Newell Prize

The Children's Folklore Section annually offers the W. W. Newell Prize, which includes a $100 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 30.  Please electronically submit papers to Dr. Jodi McDavid at Thanks.

The 20013 Newell Prize, given for the best student essay on a topic in children’s folklore, the prize was awarded to two students. Brant Ellsworth was recognized for his paper "Playing for Change: The Performative Functions of Children's Piano Play," an essay about the functions, traditions, and modes of communication among children's piano playing. Semontee Mitra received the prize for her paper "Children Have Their Own World of Being," an ethnography on children's activities on the Day of Saraswati Puja.

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