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AFS Prizes
The American Folklore Society recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of folklore by awarding seven major prizes. Most of these prizes are named for remarkable folklorists, and you can find information about all of them by clicking on the name links below. Taken together, the recipients of these prizes embody excellence in all the forms of folklorists' work. These prizes are awarded every year as part of the Wednesday evening opening ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting.

The American Folklore Society Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award, given in even-numbered years for outstanding accomplishments over a career of scholarship.

The Benjamin A. Botkin Prize, given every year to recognize outstanding achievement in public folklore.

The Chicago Folklore Prize, given every year to the author(s) of the best scholarly monograph in folklore.

The Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership, given in odd-numbered years for outstanding achievement in the building and strengthening of academic programs in folklore.

The Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field, given for
extraordinary contributions in service to the American Folklore Society or the field of folklore more generally, resulting in furthering the visibility and success of our discipline and profession.

The Américo Paredes Prize, given every year to recognize excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies, or in teaching and encouraging scholars and practitioners to work in their own cultures or communities.
The Zora Neale Hurston Prize, given every year for the best student work in any medium on African American folklore
Many interest-group sections of the Society also give prizes to recognize achievement in their own areas of interest; for information, please see AFS Section Prizes.

2011 Prize Winners

2012 Prize Winners

2013 Prize Winners

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