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The Daniel R. Barnes Undergraduate Prize


Call for Submissions

The Daniel R. Barnes Undergraduate Prize is an annual $200 cash award for the year's best folklore paper by an OSU undergraduate. It honors beloved emeritus professor Daniel R. Barnes, who taught folklore and literature courses in Ohio State's Department of English from 1967 until 1995.

Eligible papers:

  • Must be written by current OSU undergraduates in a folklore course, OR taking the folklore minor or concentration, OR active member of the Folklore Student Association.
  • Must have been written within the last 12 months.
  • May have been written for a folklore course.
  • May have been presented for conferences or publication.
  • May be part of a thesis directed by a folklore faculty member.
  • May be written specifically for the Barnes Prize.

Only one paper submission per student, and the student must not have been a previous recipient of the Barnes Prize.


All papers will be submitted electronically. Submissions should be saved as .doc, .docx, or .pdf. The submission should have a title page that includes:

  •     your name
  •     title of the paper
  •     a sentence describing what the paper was originally written for
  •     the date it is being submitted

Do not include your name on any of the other pages. All pages (excluding the title page) should include a header that lists the title of the paper and the page number.

Papers should be submitted to cfs@osu.edu, by 11:59 pm on April 14, 2024, with the subject line: "Barnes Prize Submission"


2023: Casey Bartman, “Occupational Folklore: From Sundaes to Ceremonies”

2022: Maggie Lindner, "The Function of Fanfiction."

2019: Anthony Maggio. "Children of Recovery."

2018: No submissions received.

2017: Bethani Turley. "After the Spill: Environmental Justice and Disaster Relief in West Virginia."

2016: Taylor Saltsman. “Freedom through Difference: A Conscious Self Excavation of a Female, American Student in India.”

2015: Marisa Wieneke. "Creating Custom Cornhole: The Formation of Community and Identity through Material Culture."