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Final Call for Submissions: 2022 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts announces its 16th 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, see .

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 (or the equivalent for nonalphabetic languages), 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· Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should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 and an English translation of the essay’s TITLE must accompany all submissions. The submitted essay DOES NOT have to be translated into English.

· 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: October 25, 2021. Essays may be submitted prior to the deadline.

The winner of this year’s Bishop Award will be announced at the 43rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 16–20, 2022.

Prize: $250 US and one year’s free membership in the IAFA. 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

On behalf of the IAFA Executive Board, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Nixon has been appointed Treasurer of the IAFA effective 10/1/2021.

Sean replaces long-time Treasurer Dr. William “Bill” Clemente. The Board would like to extend its sincere thanks to Bill for his fifteen years of service in the position. Bill’s presence will be missed by us all, but we wish him happiness in his new role as Nebraska Master Naturalist.

Sean received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is currently a Research Associate. He is a long-time member of the IAFA whose contribution as On-Site Technical Officer since 2009 has perhaps not been noticed by many precisely because he has done it so well. He has been in charge of purchasing and overseeing all on-site technology for the conference, working with guest speakers and the hotel staff to organize large lectures, trouble shooting technical issues, and supervising a group of volunteers helping with the set up and tear down of conference AV. His efforts have been greatly appreciated, and the Board looks forward to working with him in this new capacity. Welcome, Sean!

Dale Knickerbocker, IAFA President

The term of IAFA President Dale Knickerbocker comes to an end after the March 2022 conference. The Board would like to thank Dale for his extraordinary service under difficult circumstances and for his vision and leadership in guiding IAFA through the challenges of the pandemic, and for contributing to the work of ensuring that the IAFA is an inclusive and welcoming organization.

We also call for nominations for the next IAFA President. According to the Bylaws Section VII.ii ( nominations for elections open on September 30 of the relevant year and close on October 30.

Additionally, to serve as president, “To be eligible for the office of President, a member must have served either as a Division Head or as a member of the Executive Board.” (see Bylaws Section IV)

Please send any nominations, including self-nominations, to IAFA Immediate Past President Sherryl Vint (

Once the nomination period closes, Sherryl will contact all nominees to confirm their willingness to serve and will request position statements from the candidates to be circulated to the membership. Statements will be circulated by November 20, 2021 and the election will take place by election means between December 10, 2021 and January 20, 2022. You must be a current member of IAFA to vote in this election.