Trickster Press, housed at the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, invites submissions from interested folks at any stage of their academic careers for the upcoming edition of Folklore Forum. We are an online, interdisciplinary, and graduate student-run open-access journal dedicated, but not limited, to the disciplines of folklore and ethnomusicology. Please read below for what we are currently accepting or download our Call for Submissions pdf: CFP_02.2020

We are currently interested in the following:

  • Articles: 5,000–10,000 words + abstract (125-word minimum)
  • Open Forum: 3,000 word maximum
    • Thought pieces about contemporary concerns, current events, field experiences, responses to articles
  • Biographical Features
    • Transcribed interviews, biographies about a specific folklorist or ethnomusicologist (autoethnographies included)
  • Collectanea
    • Narratives, music, recordings, or other field collections with introductory commentary
  • Reviews: 2,000 words maximum
    • Please consult our website for available books to review
    • Exhibitions, CDs, performances, festivals, films, etc. also eligible to review
  • Bibliographies
    • For special topics, 10+ sources with foreword
    • For general topics, 30+ sources with foreword
  • Translations
    • Please contact us if you are interested in translating a text into English
  • Short films: 30 min. maximum
    • Must be in cross platform compatible formats such as .mp4, .avi, .flv, and .wmv
  • Podcasts
    • Must be in mono channel and .wav format of 128kbps bitrates or more, with the script of the podcast included.
  • Photography and digital art
    • Must be in JPEG format, 600 dpi, 1280×720 or more, with a short write-up of 125 words or less explaining the submission.


  • All documents should be submitted to In the subject line, please write “Folklore Forum Submission: Your Name”
  • All textual submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced with 1-inch margins.
  • Electronic submissions of text will be accepted in .docx, .doc, .txt, or .rtf. If using images in a submission we recommend also including a .pdf version to guarantee image placement is correct.
    • Non-standard media formats will be accepted whenever possible; contact the editors to ask about non-standard media.
  • Your name should not appear on the document pages
  • Folklore Forum’s publication format allows for incorporation of images, video and sound. It is the responsibility of the author to verify that he or she has the right to use said media or that the use of any such materials falls within the realm of “fair use.”

Bibliographic Style

  • Please use the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) author-date for in-text and bibliographic citations.
    • Dolby, Sandra. 2008. Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative. Bloomington: Trickster Press.
    • Lindahl, Carl. 2001. “Two Tellings of ‘Merrywise’: 1949 and 2000.” Journal of Folklore Research 38: 39–54.
  • Use endnotes instead of footnotes.
  • Provide parenthetical internal citations with author, date and page numbers of any passage quoted or referred to as follows (Chandler 2001, 24).

Review Process

Submissions are acknowledged on receipt and are evaluated in “double blind” review by Forum editorial staff.  Acceptance may be either outright or contingent on the completion of recommended changes.  Authors may also be asked to revise and resubmit articles.  The editors reserve the right to reject or return for revision any material submitted, on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter or quality. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere and must not be under concurrent consideration by any other journal.

Copyright Notice

Folklore Forum is currently publishing under a Creative Commons Attribution License; authors retain complete copyright privileges and grant Folklore Forum the right of first publication, and allow others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.  Articles accepted to Folklore Forum are published in our online journal and archived electronically at IUScholarworks.  Authors are encouraged to review IUScholarworks’ copyright and licensing information.  Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.