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The Folklore Society President’s Prize


The Folklore Society has established an annual award, titled The President’s Prize. The purpose of the Prize is to encourage the academic study of Folklore and Folkloristics in universities and other institutions of higher and further education in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

The Prize is open to all students formally registered and enrolled in a relevant course of study at a university or other institution of higher or further education in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

  • Entries for the Prize will be by formal nomination by the appropriate officer(s) of the institution concerned. Nominations must be received on or before 30 September each year and must include:
  • A completed nomination form.
  • Proof of registration/enrolment in course(s) at the institution during the academic year ending 30 September in the year concerned.
  • A representative sample of the nominee’s unpublished academic work on Folklore topics, including that judged particularly meritorious by the nominator. This should normally include at least one substantial piece of original work (e.g. extended essay, report, project, thesis etc.). Submissions should be in good clear English. Candidates should keep a copy of their submission.**Please note that, for 2020, only electronic submissions will be accepted. If you have already sent a nomination by post, please re-send via email (see updated nomination form)**
  • A letter of support and/or recommendation signed by the nominator and/or other appropriate officer of the institution.

The Prize will take the form of a Certificate of Merit issued by the Folklore Society, and £100. The Prize will be adjudicated by three judges appointed by the Council of the Folklore Society, at least one of whom shall be the President or Vice-President. The decision of the judges is final and the Folklore Society reserves the right not to award the Prize if, in the opinion of the judges, the work submitted on behalf of the nominees fails to reach the standard required. Members of the Council of the Folklore Society are not eligible for nomination.

The Society’s Council may amend these Rules as it sees fit in future years.