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CFP: 2014 Dan Crowley Memorial Student Essay Prize

Monday, August 11, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The 2014 Dan Crowley Memorial Student Essay Prize, offered by the Storytelling Section of the American Folklore Society, is a $200 prize for a graduate or undergraduate student essay dealing with some aspect of storytelling performance in formal or informal settings.

The essays should be scholarly considerations of some aspect of storytelling performance, preferably viewed through a theoretically-informed critical lens, rather than simply descriptive or reflective accounts of storytelling performances the student has participated in or observed.

Here are examples of the winning paper topics over the last five years:

  • 2009: Benjamin Gatling, Ohio State University, "Negotiations in Performance: A Study of the Storytelling Performance of Two Adolescent Afghan Storytellers.”

  • 2010: Ziying You, Ohio State University, "Creation and Performance of ‘New Stories’ in Contemporary China: 1963-1966.”

  • 2011: Theresa Preston-Werner, Northwestern University, "The Use of Testimonials to Negotiate the Medical Marketplace in Costa Rica.”

  • 2012: Milbre Burch, University of Missouri-Columbia, "Learning to Listen to an All-Day Talker: First-, Second- and Third-hand Hearing of an Oral Performance by Ray Hicks."

  • 2013 Chad Buterbaugh, Indiana University, "The Transnational Mediation of the Irish Foundation Myth."

To be eligible for the prize, applicants must be enrolled in a college or university degree program at the time the essay is submitted.

Submissions, which should not exceed 9000 words in length, should be e-mailed to as a Word or .pdf attachment no later than September 1, 2014. The cover message should include the title of the paper, as well as the author’s name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, academic affiliation and year in program, and the name of the faculty member to whom the essay was submitted. Only the title -- no identification of the author -- should appear in the essay itself.

The prize winner will be notified by October 15, 2014. The award will be formally presented at the business meeting of the Storytelling Section at the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Santa Fe on Friday, November 7 from 12:15- 2pm. For further information, please contact one of the section co-conveners: Milbre Burch ( or Joseph Sobol (

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