Non-print Media Award

The Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award is an annual prize established by the Folklore Society to encourage the study of folklore, to help improve the standard of folklore publications in media other than print in Britain and Ireland, and to establish the Folklore Society as an arbiter of excellence.
 
For the purposes of the award, 'folklore studies' are interpreted broadly, to include all aspects of traditional and popular culture, narrative, beliefs, customs and folk arts, including studies with a literary, anthropological, linguistic, sociological or geographical bias.

The award is open to all non-print media English-language publications on folklore in a permanent and durable form (CD, DVD etc.), having their first, original and initial publication in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in the period from 1 June to 31 May of the award year.

Eligible titles will include publications of new and older field-collected material and related studies.

Commercial reinterpretations of traditional material, e.g. new arrangements of traditional music, new tellings of stories etc., are not eligible.   
Websites, television and radio programmes are specifically excluded from consideration for the award. If there is any doubt whether an entry is eligible, the judges shall arbitrate and their decision is final. Publications by the Folklore Society or by a member of the Society's Committee are not eligible.

Each year there are three judges appointed by the Society's Committee. The Award Convenor cannot be a judge. The winning publication will be that which, in the opinion of the judges, has made the most distinguished contribution to folklore studies in the year in question. However, judges may withhold the Award if, in their opinion, no publication reaches the required standard. The judges' decision is final.

The Award is presented at the reception following the annual Katharine Briggs Lecture in November. The main prize is the Award itself, but the winning author will be presented with a cheque for £150.

Rules

  • The ‘Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award’ is an annual prize established by The Folklore Society to encourage the study of folklore, to help improve the standard of folklore publications in media other than print in Britain and Ireland, and to establish the Folklore Society as an arbiter of excellence.
  • For the purposes of the award, 'folklore studies' are interpreted broadly, to include all aspects of traditional and popular culture, narrative, beliefs, customs and folk arts, including studies with a literary, anthropological, linguistic, sociological or geographical bias.
  • The award is open to all non-print media English language publications on folklore, in a permanent and durable form, having their first, original and initial publication in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in the period from 1 June to 31 May of the award year.
  • Eligible titles will include publications of new and older field-collected material and related studies. Commercial reinterpretations of traditional material, e.g. new arrangements of traditional music, new tellings of stories etc., are not eligible.  Websites, television and radio programmes are specifically excluded from consideration for the award. If there is any doubt whether an entry is eligible, the judges shall arbitrate and their decision is final.  
  • Four copies of each publication submitted for the Award must reach the Award Judges at the Society's office by 31 May in the award year.
  • There will be three Judges appointed by the Folklore Society's Committee. The winning publication will be that which, in the opinion of the Judges, made the most distinguished contribution to folklore studies in the year in question.
  • The Award will be presented at the Reception following the annual Katharine Briggs Lecture in November. The main prize will be the Award itself, but the winning author, or authors, will be presented with a cheque for £150. Where an author, is unable to attend the Reception in person, a representative of the publishers of the winning entry, will be invited to attend.
  • No publication by the Folklore Society, or by a member of the Society's Committee may be considered for the Award.
  • Publications submitted for the Award will not be returned, including any subsequently disqualified according to these Rules.
  • The Judges may withhold the Award if, in their opinion, no publication reaches the required standard.
  • The Judges' decision is final. The Convenor of ‘Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award’ cannot be a Judge.
  • The Society's Committee may amend these Rules as it sees fit in future years.

Submission procedure

The Convenor sends out a call for submissions prior to the closing date of 31 May, but unsolicited entries from either publishers or authors are also very welcome, as the Convenor's mailing list can never be comprehensive.

Four copies of each publication submitted for the Award must reach the Society's office by 31 May to be eligible for the Award. Where publications are published in late May, the entry form must be received in the office by 31 May and the cds/dvds may be sent later by arrangement with The Folklore Society but before the end of June. It is highly recommended that publications be sent either by Registered/Recorded Delivery, or by courier. Publications submitted for the Award will not be returned, even if subsequently disqualified according to the rules.