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William A. Wilson Prize

The Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for the William A. Wilson Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper in Folk Belief or Religious Folklife, with an honorarium of $250. 

Submissions: All research papers, in English, by undergraduate students written after January 1 of the previous year (e.g., January 1, 2020 for the 2021 Prize), published or unpublished at the time of submission, and written on a folk belief or religious folklife topic, broadly construed, are eligible.

Interested applicants must submit the following materials for consideration: 1. A cover letter specifying the date when the paper was written; the conference, colloquium, or course where the paper has been or will be submitted; or the publication in which it will be published. 2. Entries must be fully footnoted for a reading audience, using Journal of American Folklore citation style. 3. Electronic submissions are required. The paper should be a minimum of 8 pages, and a maximum of 40 pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. PLEASE NOTE: To ensure blind judgment of papers, please remove the author’s name and identifying metadata from the paper. 4. A short (100-word) biographical statement about the author, including the author’s current graduate student status, with description of the research. 5. An email letter from a faculty sponsor endorsing submission of the paper.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is midnight August 15. Any materials received after this deadline will not be considered.

The paper and supporting documents should be sent as Microsoft Word document attachments or pdf to the Section chair, Margaret Kruesi, [email protected]

Confirmation of receipt for electronic submissions will be sent. One submission per person, please. Previous winners of the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Student Prizes are not eligible; except for winners of the William A. Wilson Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper, who may later submit a new research paper for the Don Yoder Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper. The papers will be evaluated by three judges who are members of both the American Folklore Society and the Folk Belief and Religious Folklife Section. The winner will be announced at the Section’s business meeting at the Society’s annual meeting.