The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society sponsors the Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology through an endowed fund to honor the best unpublished essay in Jewish folklore and ethnology by a student. The prize has an annual deadline of June 15. The criteria for the award are:
Approaches to the subject cover folkloristic and ethnological perspectives and Jewish content.
The length of papers are of publishable essay length–usually 8-12,000 words. The preferable citation style is in in-text citation style with a reference list at the end.
The transmitted unpublished paper was written by a student in the present or previous year, and not submitted for publication.
Papers can be submitted electronically (in Word) in English by June 15, 2012 to to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitters should identify the university and department where the paper was prepared, and give their contact information, including postal and email address.
The winners for 2011 were Magdalena Luszczynska (University College London) for "Father-Son Relationships in Medieval Ashkenaz" and Amy Milligan (Penn State Harrisburg) for "Wearing Many Hats: Head Covering Practices of Orthodox Jewish Women."
The winner for 2009 was Jillian Gould (folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland) for "Shiva as a Creative Ritual in an Institutional Home” (see vol. 3 of the Jewish Cultural Studies Series).