Recently, a new editorial team has taken over management of Trickster Press and we are excited to announce a new chapter in the publication of Folklore Forum. We are opening up submissions to the journal with a new set of guidelines (see below). We encourage submissions from individuals at all stages in their careers situated in the disciplines of Folklore, Ethnomusicology, and related fields. As we begin this new era at Folklore Forum we are particularly enthusiastic about broadening the scholarly forms typically accepted for publication in academic journals. We look forward to your submissions and please contact us if you have any questions:

The 47 Editors


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

Articles – 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 we 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 Folklore, we are excited 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, we encourage its submission to Folklore Forum.

Commentary – We accept two styles of commentary for publication. 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. We welcome commentaries that place Folklore and Ethnomusicology texts in conversation with other disciplinary works and theories.

Creative Works – We view this section as very open-ended and accept submissions based on their relevancy to Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Examples of submissions accepted: poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, paintings, digital art, photography, music, recipes, and all other art forms.

Reviews – Like many other academic journals we encourage reviews of recently released scholarly publications. This includes: books, exhibitions, events, video ethnographies, sound recordings, digital/online resources, multi-modal scholarship, etc. If you have something you would like us to review, or if you would like to be a reviewer, please contact us.


If you are interested in submitting, please e-mail us:



  • All documents should be submitted to
  • In the subject line include attn: (appropriate) editor and your name
    • ex. attn: submissions editor, Jane Smith
    • ex. attn: review editor, John Donne
  • 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.
  • Each copy should have a separate title page. On the title page, please give your name, e-mail address, and telephone number
  • 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.”

Book Reviews


  • Maximum 10,000 words including endnotes.
  • Spacing: Double
  • Font: Times New Romans 12

Bibliographic Style

  • Use Chicago Style date first for in text and bibliography 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.