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CFP: Trickster Press and Folklore Forum

Tuesday, March 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Recently, a new editorial team has taken over management of Trickster Press, and the editors are excited to announce a new chapter in the publication of Folklore Forum. Trickster’s revised guidelines (see below) open submissions to the journal beyond traditional formats. Submissions are encouraged from individuals at all stages in their careers situated in the disciplines of folklore, ethnomusicology, and related fields. As Trickster begins this new era of Folklore Forum, the editors are particularly enthusiastic about broadening the scope of scholarly forms typically accepted for publication in academic journals. Please contact Trickster Press at if you have any questions.

Trickster Press is a grad-student-run publishing house based in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. In addition to publishing the long-running and historic journal Folklore Forum, Trickster reprints foundational texts in the adjacent fields of folklore and ethnomusicology and pursues various smaller publication projects as they arise.


2018 Submission Guidelines

Folklore Forum primarily focuses on scholarship relevant to Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Below see the journal’s criteria for submissions. Folklore Forum accepts the following types of submissions for publication consideration: articles, commentaries, creative works, and reviews.


Manuscripts based on original research findings that present narrow and more complex topics in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Essay manuscripts should be 3,000–7,500 words in length and include 50–75 word abstracts, keywords, footnotes, and bibliography. Submissions that do not meet this criteria will not be considered by the editorial staff.

Due to the importance of multi-modal scholarship the editors have decided to include it under the terminology “article,” in order to question and expand the current publication standards in academia. These forms are rarely accepted as scholarly publications in other academic journals. As one of the foremost publications in folkloristics, Folklore Forum aims to push this boundary and accept all types of scholarly works for submission. If you have a submission of your work that is film, a website, audio recording, or other, the editors encourage its submission to Folklore Forum.


Two styles of commentary for publication are accepted. The first is a brief discussion of a single previously published work, particularly in response to arguments addressed in said work. The second is a literature review that synthesizes and critically evaluates the contributions of multiple previously published works. The editors welcome commentaries that place folklore and ethnomusicology texts in conversation with other disciplinary works and theories.  

Creative Works

This section is very open-ended; editors will accept submissions based on their relevancy to folklore and ethnomusicology. Examples of submissions accepted include: poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, paintings, digital art, photography, music, recipes, and all other art forms.


Like many other academic journals, Folklore Forum encourages reviews of recently released scholarly publications, including: books, exhibitions, events, video ethnographies, sound recordings, digital/online resources, multi-modal scholarship, etc. If you have something you would like to be reviewed in Folklore Forum, or if you would like to be a reviewer, please contact Trickster Press.


If you are interested in submitting, please e-mail Trickster Press at

To learn more about Trickster Press or Folklore Forum, or to read back-issues of the journal, visit:

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