Call for Papers for the 10th annual Jamie Bishop Award (The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts)

    The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Announces its 10th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic 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 on the award and on 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    •  Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should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 person may be submitted each year.
    • Submissions must be made electronically in Word format.

    Deadline for submissions: September 1st 2015

    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:

    Amy J. Ransom

    Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures

    305 Pearce Hall

    Central Michigan University

    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859  USA

    Thank you !

    Jamie Bishop (Christopher James Bishop, 1971-2007) was the son of Michael Bishop, an US award-winning science fiction writer, and Jeri Whitaker Bishop, an elementary-school counselor; Jamie grew up in Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA, the family’s hometown since 1974, and attended school there as well as in Athens, Georgia, USA, and in both Kiel and Heidelberg, Germany. Jamie was an artist and a craftsman as well as an instructor of the German language at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA (Virginia Tech). He was among those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre of April 16, 2007. RIP !

    The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

    “The purpose of IAFA is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, mainly through the organization and management of an annual academic conference, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).

    IAFA also publishes the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, which is a peer-reviewed journal for scholarship within the field of the fantastic, and the news blog which publishes information relevant to the IAFA membership.”

    Wonder Tales

    The 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

    March 16-20, 2016
    Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, Florida, USA

    Guests of Honor:Terry Windling and Holly Black
    Guest Scholar:Cristina Bacchilega
    Special Guest Emeritus:Brian Aldiss

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