The Foodways Section of the American Folklore Society is pleased to
announce the Sue Samuelson Award for the best student paper on food and
foodways. Papers should be based on original fieldwork or research and
should utilize current folkloric approaches to interpretation.
The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. There is no
entrance fee. The contest prize is $200 (USD), publication in the
journal Digest, and free membership to the Foodways Section of AFS.
Winners may apply for a travel stipend to upcoming
meetings of the American Folklore Society
How to Enter:
Save your original, unpublished essay (from 1,500 to 9,000 words) as a
Word document and attach it to your e-mail. Include the essay title,
your full name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. Type
"Foodways Essay Contest" in the subject description
of the e-mail and send the submission to LuAnne Roth at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
All entries must be received by September 1, 2012.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: Sensitivity
to the people and culture being described; depth of analysis into the
food tradition; ability to engage the reader; and quality of writing.
Supporting photos (in .jpg or .gif format) are
The journal Digest reserves first-time Worldwide Electronic rights for
winning submissions and the right to reprint the paper in a future
publication. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired
six months after initial publication in Digest.
Contest Terms: Submissions should be previously unpublished, either in
print or on the Web. Decisions of the judges are final. The Foodways
Section is not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, or illegible
e-mail or for any computer-related, online,
or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged,
irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through
fraud or theft. The winner will be paid by check.
Federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the
contest winners. Winners will be notified by e-mail in October of 2012.