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Writer’s Guide for Folklore Magazine

Soderberg's mill yard. Birch Lake Siding.Format for Submissions

  • SHFS prefers that all submissions be e-mailed to: shfs.fa@sasktel.net
  • SHFS will also accept typed or hand-written submissions to 1860 Lorne St., Regina, SK   S4P 2L7
  • The first page of each manuscript should bear the author’s name (byline preference), full address and phone number. Number the following pages and identify each with surname and title line
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, of a size large enough to enclose story & photos, for return of the manuscript if it is declined
  • Photos or illustrations if available, should preferably accompany the manuscript. Alternatively, an author may indicate complementary visual support is available and will be submitted when notified that the story has been accepted
  • Authors may also make suggestions for visual accompaniment

Publication Content

  • In keeping with SHFS’s mandate “to gather, preserve and share the history and folklore of the area now known as Saskatchewan,” every submission must be original and have Saskatchewan historical content
  • In each issue, we prefer a balance covering the three categories, folklore, history and poetry

Each category is defined below:

        Folklore

  • “All people are ‘folk’ and thus all people have ‘folklore’.” (Michael Taft, folklorist, Discovering Saskatchewan Folklore)
  • Stories of people, events, beliefs, rituals, legends, tales, songs, music, dances, medicine, etc.
  • Stories of First Nations people, especially by First Nations authors
  • Stories of the Métis, especially by Métis authors
  • Stories of pre-settlement days, e.g. early ranching
  • Stories of cultural roots transplanted from countries of origin and/or the other provinces of Canada to Saskatchewan
  • The point of view for such stories still needs to be Saskatchewan
  • The stories should not be about the life in the “old country”, rather how this life or culture affected life in Saskatchewan

        History

  • History seeks to establish facts
  • Factual accounts, researched and verified by bibliography
  • Indigenous habitation of the land, Métis hunters, early explorations, etc.
  • Early ranching, settlement on homesteads, the development of villages, towns and cities
  • Biographies
  • Historical non-fiction

        Poetry

  • Folkloric or historical
  • General topics

Copyright

  • Authors are urged to proofread their work, and to check spelling
  • Indicate on the first page or cover page that “First North American (or Canadian) Serial Rights” to the manuscript are being offered, if the manuscript has not been previously published.
  • If the manuscript has been previously published, state where and when. Usually Folklore declines previously published material
  • Authors retain copyright of their work published in Folklore
  • Preferred maximum length of stories submitted for consideration for publication is 2,000 words (eight pages), though exceptions are sometimes made for longer, up to 3,000 words (12 pages)
  • There is no minimum length for submissions

Submission Deadlines

  • Winter issue – September 15
  • Spring issue – December 15
  • Summer issue – March 15
  • Autumn issue – June 15

Acceptance & Payment

  • In the interest of reasonable inventory control, writers are requested to limit submissions to having a maximum of two on file at any time
  • Folklore strives to communicate to writers within 60 days regarding acknowledgement of submissions, usually indicating acceptance or declination and return of the material
  • Writers of accepted material are remunerated upon the material’s publication
  • The rate is $1.50 per printed column-inch of text and complementary visual support

Helpful Hints
Although Folklore’s Editor will assist you in making your story as presentable as possible, try to incorporate the following while writing your original submission:

1. Time frame – Let the reader know when the story is taking place. Instead of saying “When I was a teenager…” write “In 1939 when I was 14 years old…”.
2. Where are things happening – Instead of “We  moved into the city from the farm in 1932…” write “We moved into Moose Jaw from our farm near Mossbank in 1932…”.
3. Name people mentioned – Instead of “I ended up at a rooming house on High Street…” write “I ended up staying at Mrs. Johnson’s rooming house on High Street…” or    better yet: “I ended up staying at Mrs. Agnes Johnson’s rooming house on High Street in Moose Jaw…”.

Publisher
Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society, Inc. (SHFS) 1860 Lorne Street, Regina, Sask. S4P 2L7
(306) 780-9204 or Toll Free 1-800-919-9437 Fax (306) 780-9489 e-mail: shfs.fa@sasktel.net

Editor – Frances Reilly

SHFS Executive Director – Finn Andersen

Publication frequency – Quarterly

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