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AFS New Directions in Folklore Section Invites Submissions to Prize Competition

Thursday, August 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

September 15 is the deadline for submissions for the Bill Ellis Prize in which the winner will be announced at the section’s meeting at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The Bill Ellis Prize, offered by the American Folklore Society’s New Directions in Folklore Section, is a $100 honorarium for the best graduate student's essay that combines research and analysis on folklore and digital culture, popular culture, or new media. The winning essay will also be submitted for publication in the section’s journal, New Directions in Folklore.

Eligible papers are any unpublished research paper written within two years of the deadline. Students must submit their own essays. Three judges who are members of the American Folklore Society, the New Directions in Folklore Section, and the New Directions in Folklore (journal) editorial board will evaluate the submissions.

To submit an entry, applicants must:

  • Be a member of the New Directions in Folklore Section at the time of submission
  • Send his/her submission electronically to
  • Label the email’s subject as a Bill Ellis Prize submission
  • Submit only one essay

For more information on this prize competition, visit the New Directions in Folklore Section page.

For any questions, contact the prize committee by email

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