Kentucky Folklife Program

The Kentucky Folklife Program is excited to announce its first call for proposals for the Kentucky Folklife Magazine, a multimedia digital publication that explores the diversity of expressive cultures within Kentucky. From the regional Mexican foods served in Lexington’s taquerías, the vibrant drag show culture in Bowling Green, and Monroe County’s marble makers, to step-dancing traditions within Kentucky’s historically black fraternities & sororities and the thumbpicking guitar traditions of Muhlenberg County, the Kentucky Folklife Magazine features original work focused on the Commonwealth’s present-day people, folk arts, cultural heritages, and histories.

We are currently seeking proposals for our first round of publication. We are accepting proposals for articles, photo essays, documentary film & audio, interviews & oral histories, and performances that explore and document Kentucky’s folklife. Please see the guidelines below for the proposal submission process.

Proposal Submission Process

Have an idea for the Kentucky Folklife Magazine? Send your proposal to with the subject heading “Kentucky Folklife Magazine Proposal.” Proposals should be around 200-400 words in length (about a paragraph or two).

All published features are supported with a contributor’s honorarium.

Once you submit your proposal, Kentucky Folklife Magazine staff and partners will review it and be in touch about whether it has been accepted for this round of publication. If your proposal is accepted, magazine staff and partners will work with you to determine a deadline for the final piece, and to go over the guidelines for submitting your final piece.

Not sure about your idea? Get in touch! We really do want to hear from you. Email with your questions, and we’d be happy to talk through your idea with you.

Deadline for proposal submissions is December 13, 2019.

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