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ISCLR Invites Applications for the David Buchan Student Essay Prize

Wednesday, March 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) is pleased to announce that it is to award an annual student essay prize to honour the memory of Dr. David Buchan (1939-1994), leading international ballad scholar, and a staunch supporter and perceptive writer in the area of contemporary legend research.

Terms of the Award:

The prize will be awarded for the best student essay (submitted in writing or presented orally at the annual ISCLR conference) that combines research and analysis on some aspect of contemporary legend, or contemporary legend research.  Previously published essays will not be considered for the award.

The deadline for submission of printed texts is 1st of May in the year the award is to be made, and the essays should have been written within the previous academic year, or the current academic year. 

Either students or their teachers may submit essays.  Instructors are asked to encourage students with eligible essays to enter the competition.

The award will be made by the President of ISCLR upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee appointed by him\her.

The award will normally be announced at the annual meeting of the Society.

The winner will receive $250 (U.S.), and a year's membership to ISCLR.

The winning essay will normally be submitted for publication in the Society's journal, Contemporary Legend.

It is the exclusive right of ISCLR to change the terms of the award for future competitions.


Applications will be accepted from registered (post)graduate students, although undergraduate essays will also be accepted for consideration on the advice of faculty members.

Applicants can make only one application for each competition.

Students may receive the award more than once in their graduate career. 

Members of the Selection Committee are ineligible to apply during their tenure.

Applications Process:

All papers presented by students at the annual conference will automatically be considered.

If submitting an essay in writing:      

By the appropriate deadline, applicants are required to submit two hard copies or an electronic copy of the essay to the address listed below.

Essays must be submitted in English.

Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and, if submitted in hard copy, on white paper.


All applications are adjudicated by the Selection Committee.

The Council reserves the right not to award the prize in a given year.

Award Holders' Responsibilities:

The Editor of Contemporary Legend shall have first refusal to publish the winning essay, and a version suitable for publication should be submitted to Contemporary Legend no later than six months after the presentation of the award.

For further information or to submit an essay, please contact:

Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby
1055 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY  40506


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