For any of you who are knowledgeable in American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales, this is a great project. True story, my first published writing credit while in grad school was contributing to The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia. I had studied Alcott on my own and volunteered to pick up some of the entries, namely Dress Reform, some of the short stories, and Alcott's book, Eight Cousins. A lovely experience...that was filled with stress looking for resources that are so more readily available now thanks to the internet.
CFP: American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore
ABC-CLIO is publishing a three-volume reference collection titled American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore in early 2016. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. The purpose of the encyclopedia is to introduce students and general readers to the key myths and legends in North American culture, and to provide extensive, easily accessible coverage of the multifaceted American folklore tradition.
ABC-CLIO intends to offer an up-to-date, attractive resource based on current scholarship in the field, including useful illustrations, selections from primary texts, informative sidebars, and references for further reading and research. Entries will provide coverage of diverse traditions within the genre of folklore and mythology, including Native American traditions, and include treatment of newer traditions such as urban legends and UFO stories.
Contributors will receive publication credit in the encyclopedia and may choose from several options for compensation. The editors will send information about compensation upon request.
Writers should contact the editors to request a list of available entries. Send name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, email address and a current CV to:
Jeffrey B. Webb
Edwina Patton Chair in the Arts & Sciences and
Professor, Department of History
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, Indiana 46750