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Reminder: Deadline Coming Soon for Nominations for Botkin Prize

Monday, August 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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September 1, 2016 is the deadline for nominations for the annual Benjamin A. Botkin Prize to an individual for significant lifetime achievement in public folklore, awarded by the Public Programs Section of the American Folklore Society in partnership with the AFS Executive Board.

The review criteria are:

  • Engagement of a broad public audience in the materials of folklore
  • Impact on the field of public folklore: development of models, methodology, visibility, advocacy
  • Impact on communities/constituents and their traditional culture
  • Contributions to the body of materials of folklore/public folklore
  • Quality of artistry in presentation: writing, photography, stagecraft, etc.
  • Quality of scholarship
  • Impact on the discipline of folklore, its theories and methodology
  • Quality/adequacy of nomination package itself
  • Breadth of support, as evidenced by letters from community members and non-folklorists in addition to folklore colleagues

Please direct nominations, as well as your questions, to Botkin Prize Committee Chair Roby Cogswell at rurnt@comcast.net.

Nominations should include a letter of nomination; a one- or two-page biography or resume of the nominee; three to five letters of support from a broad range of people, including community members who have benefited from the nominee's work and people from outside the folklore field in addition to colleagues. Letters should specifically address the review criteria listed above and should explain how the nominee has taken folklore to a broad public audience.

All nomination letters and support material must be submitted in electronic format so they can be distributed easily and quickly to the committee members. Nominations remain active for three years. Previous nominators should contact Cogswell to ensure that their nominations are still in the pool, to arrange to send electronic versions of materials previously sent in hard copy, and to inquire about adding new or updated materials to those nominations.

For more information about this prize, see About AFS/FS Prizes:  http://www.afsnet.org/?page=Botkin



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