The Dr. David Buchan Student Essay Prize

Jesse A. Fivecoate (Indiana University-Bloomington) is the winner of the 2017 Dr. David Buchan Student Essay Prize for his paper “Fake News and Its Ostensive Consequences,” which he presented at the PCL Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) is pleased to announce that it is to award an annual student essay prize to honour the memory of Dr. David Buchan (1939-1994), leading international ballad scholar, and a staunch supporter and perceptive writer in the area of contemporary legend research.

  • The prize will be awarded for the best student essay  (submitted in writing or presented orally at the annual ISCLR conference) that combines research and analysis on some aspect of contemporary legend, or contemporary legend research. Previously published essays will not be considered for the award.
  • Applications are invited from registered (post)graduate students, although undergraduate essays will also be accepted for consideration on the advice of faculty members.
  • Either students or their teachers may submit essays. Instructors are asked to encourage students with eligible essays to enter the competition.
  • The deadline for submission is 1st of May in the year the award is to be made, and the essays should have been written within the previous academic year, or the current academic year.
  • The award will be made by the President of ISCLR upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee appointed by him\her, and will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society.
  • The winner will receive $250 (U.S.), and a year’s membership to ISCLR. The winning essay will normally be submitted for publication in the Society’s journal, Contemporary Legend.

For further information or a copy of the Guide For Applicants, please contact:

Elissa R. Henken
Department of English
Park Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30605
USA
ehenken@uga.edu

Past winners:

  • 2014 Adriana Kábová (Charles University, Prague)
    “Blood in radios, heads in televisions: Identity and ‘civilizing forces’ beyond the Sumbanese rumors”
  • 2013 Tori Edwards (Utah State University)
    “Butch Cassidy and the Outlaw-Hero Motif”
  • 2012 Ambrož Kvartič (University of Ljubljana)
    “Urban Legend as an Emic Category: Vernacular Conceptualizations of ‘Urbana Legenda’ in Slovenia”
  • 2011 David Puglia (Penn State Harrisburg)
    “Getting Maryland’s Goat: The Goatman Legend in Prince George’s County”
  • 2010 Virginia Fugarino (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
    “‘The Things They Carried’: Legends of Supply Acquisition and Cultural and Media Response in the Wake of Disaster”
  • 2009 Virginia Fugarino (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
    “I (Don’t) Like Ike: Post-Hurricane Legends in Electronic Discussion”

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