Journal of Ethnic American Literature (JEAL)

Due Date: 03-15-2021

The 2021 issue of JEAL will focus on topics related to North American folklife. Scholars, graduate students, public folklorists, independent researchers, and tradition bearers are invited to submit proposals for this special folklife issue of JEAL. The journal welcomes articles, interviews, and book reviews that explore folklore-related research such as folk art, vernacular architecture, traditional music, legends, folktales, verbal art, rituals, festivals, belief studies, community celebrations, foodways, gamelore, and occupational folklore. Any other folklore-related topics not mentioned here are also welcome for submission.

What is folklore? Folklore (also referred to as folklife and folk art in certain contexts) comprises the traditions, knowledge, and artistic expressions of community life. Genres of folklore include verbal, material, and customary traditions. Folklore is often passed on informally through face-to-face interaction, but traditional knowledge can be transmitted in many different contexts where people are connecting with each other. Folklore exists at the intersection of aesthetics, community, and culture, and it is a reflection of the shared values, identity, and beliefs of a group.

JEAL is currently accepting abstracts for submission proposals. Abstracts should be between 250–500 words. Articles and interviews should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages. Book reviews are typically 1,000–1,500 words in length. Black and white photos may be included and should support the scholarly work. Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the current MLA style manual. For all text, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font is preferred.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 15 March 2021.

Please send inquiries and abstracts to Maria Zeringue at For more information about JEAL, please visit