The University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi,
and the University of Wisconsin Press, in cooperation with the American
Folklore Society and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, are collaborating to host an author's workshop
at the 2012 conference of the American Folklore Society for authors
working on their first book. Up to six authors will be selected to
participate in a full day of intensive activities devoted to critiquing
and developing their individual projects. Workshop
activities will include one-on-one mentoring sessions with editors and
senior scholars and group discussions of revision and editing
strategies, publishing processes, and project critiques. A modest
stipend will be provided to participants to help defray the
costs of attending the workshop.
This opportunity is open only to authors preparing their first books.
Projects must be single-authored, nonfiction books based on folklore
research. Edited volumes, photography collections with minimal text, and
memoirs will not be considered.
Projects selected for the workshop will be candidates for publication in
the Presses' new collaborative series, Folklore Studies in a
Multicultural World, which aims to publish exceptional first books that
emphasize the interdisciplinary and/or international
nature of the field of folklore. Within the series, each Press will
focus on specific aspects of folklore studies related to its areas of
expertise: Illinois on gender and queer studies, world folk cultures,
and multiculturalism as manifested in forms of vernacular
expression such as music, dance, and foodways; Mississippi in folk art,
American folk music, African American studies, popular culture, and
Southern folklife; and Wisconsin in folklore studies that intersect with
Upper Midwest cultures, Irish/Irish-American
studies, Jewish studies, Southeast Asian studies, gay/lesbian studies,
foodways, and travel. Applicants may indicate in their proposal whether
they have a preference of publisher.