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The Chicago Folklore Prize Committee is Now Receiving Submissions from Publishers

Friday, January 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Since 1904, the Chicago Folklore Prize has named the year’s best book-length work in folklore scholarship. The Prize, the oldest book award in the field of folklore studies, is given jointly by the AFS and the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities.

Submissions must be monographs (i.e., not edited volumes, and not reprints) published in the fifteen months before the April 1 deadline. In other words, to be eligible for the 2014 Prize, works must have been published between January 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014.

Typically, submissions for the Chicago Folklore Prize come from publishers; authors who want their work to be considered for the prize should contact their publisher's marketing department. Publishers should send four copies of the text to the 2014 Chicago Folkore Prize, American Folklore Society, 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43201 USA, so that they are received before the April 1 deadline. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Please contact AFS Executive Director Timothy Lloyd at with any questions.

A committee of folklore scholars, who represent different aspects of the field and who have a variety of specialties and interests, judge all submissions. The committee is asked to interpret "folklore” broadly; as a result, past winners have come from a range of disciplines, including folklore, anthropology, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, literary studies, cultural geography, sociology, and performance studies. 

The author of the Prize-winning book receives a prize of $500 and a certificate, and is announced each year at the opening of the AFS annual meeting.

A list of previous winners (since 1998) of this significant award is available by clicking hereFor more about the history of the Prize, click here.

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