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The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Announces its 12th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic originally written in a language other than English.

The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines. For more information regarding the Bishop Award and a list of past winners, please see

(Please note the updated submission criteria, below.)

Submission criteria:

Essays should be of high scholarly quality, as if for publication in an academic journal.
We consider essays from 3,000–10,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography).

Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should be obtained before submission).

Essays must have been written and (when applicable) published in the original language within the last three years prior to submission.

An abstract in English must accompany all submissions; an English translation of the title of the essay should also be included.

Only one essay per designated author(s) may be submitted each year.

Submissions must be made electronically in .pdf or Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx), to the email address noted below.

Deadline for receipt of submissions: September 15, 2017

The winner of this year’s Bishop Award will be named at the 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, to be held in Orlando, Florida (USA) March 14–18, 2018.

Prize: $250 U.S. and one year’s free membership in the IAFA to be awarded at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held each March. Winning essays may be posted on the IAFA website in the original language and/or considered for publication in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts ( should they be translated into English.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to:

Terry Harpold
Associate Professor of English, Film & Media Studies
Department of English
University of Florida
4008 Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611