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Contemporary Legend, the scholarly journal published annually by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, is accepting submissions for the 2016 issue.

Aims and Scope

Contemporary Legend, the annual journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, aims to promote and encourage research, and to provide a forum for those working in this vibrant area of traditional narrative scholarship. Within this context the term ‘legend’ is interpreted in its broadest sense as including Sagen, dites, popular rumors, sayings and beliefs as well as narrative. Similarly, ‘contemporary’ refers not only to so-called ‘modern urban legends’ but also to legends in active circulation in a given community.

The journal presents original research findings and theoretical analyses on all aspects of contemporary legend. The articles range from case studies of individual legends, historical analogues and exploration of legends in society, to analyses of performances and transmission, form, meaning and function. The journal also includes reviews, an annual bibliography covering books, essays and theses, and sections on contemporary legend in literature and in film.

An international editorial board of distinguished scholars with a wide range of interests reviews all contributions, thereby maintaining the high standard of published material.

If you wish to be included in the 2016 issue, please send submissions to both co-editors by May 1, 2016. Please email copies in Word (.doc or .docx) to:


Ian Brodie                                                       Andrea Kitta
Dept. of History and Culture                          Department of English
Cape Breton University                                  East Carolina University
1250 Grand Lake Road                                              Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2                                                USA

Photos from Prague

There is a lovely set of photos by Jan Pohunek from the conference in Prague: follow this link to see them on Flickr.



This shouldn’t be newsworthy, but I have finally updated the “articles by author” and “articles by volume” pages to include Volumes 9 and 10 of the New Series and Volume 1 of Series 3.

The site is up!

The new website is up: still a few tweaks to make but we’re moving along nicely. Still to come is more seamless integration with the Facebook group but we’re working on it.

A new site

I’m in the process of building a new site for ISCLR. When it is done we will migrate the domain name over. Please forgive any odd test messages you may receive. And feel free to comment or send me suggestions at