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AFS British Folk Studies Section Announces Submission Deadline for William J. Thoms Student Prize

Friday, March 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The American Folklore Society British Folk Studies Section and The Folklore Society are pleased to announce the 2014 William J. Thoms Folklore Prize to be awarded for the best student submission dealing with the folklore of the British Isles and Ireland. The prize is a year’s membership in the Folklore Society, which includes the journal Folklore. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2014, for award at the 2014 AFS annual meeting.

Entries will normally be in the form of an essay and must demonstrate original research. Other media and exhibition materials may be submitted, provided they show strong evidence of original research. Entries may be published or unpublished; entrants must be or have been students enrolled in a North American degree program when the research was undertaken; and submissions should have been written after January 1, 2012. Applicants must include the following materials:

• a cover letter specifying when the paper was written, any relevant publication citation, and the author’s academic affiliation;

• fully referenced submission using JAF/Folklore citation style;

• please remove the author’s name to ensure anonymous judgement;

• a short (100-word) biographical statement about the author and the research

• a letter from an academic sponsor endorsing submission of the paper.

Entries will be judged by a three-person international panel, which reserves the right not to make an award. The award will be announced at the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 5–8, 2014. Prize recipients need not be members of the Society.

Electronic entries should be submitted to Thomas A. McKean, co-convenor AFS British Folk Studies Section ( Hard copy (x3) should be sent to Thomas A. McKean, Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA, Scotland, UK. Faxed entries will not be accepted.

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