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, Kentucky Folklife features original work focused on the Commonwealth’s present-day people, folk arts, cultural heritages, and histories.

Kentucky Folklife is accepting proposals for articles, photo essays, documentary film, audio, interviews, oral histories, and performances that explore and document Kentucky’s folklife. 

Once your proposal has been submitted, your work will be reviewed by Kentucky Folklife editorial staff members and additional reviewers. If your proposal is accepted, magazine staff will reach out to you with further information regarding final submission guidelines, deadlines, and contributor + editor partnerships. Due to the number of proposals received, please allow up to 8 weeks for the review process.

All published features are supported with a contributor’s honorarium of $200.


To simplify the proposal submission process, we have created a form that addresses the most important pieces of your idea. Please review the example below, fill out all required fields, and click the “Submit” button once you are finished. 

This past summer, I attended the Gingerbread Festival to document some of Knott County’s gingerbread makers. I photographed the various booths, and I recorded interviews with individuals selling the sweetly-spiced dessert. I would like to submit to Kentucky Folklife an article that incorporates photos from this past festival, along with interview excerpts to share about Knott Countians’ connections to gingerbread–their memories of it, their stories of learning to make it, and their preferences for how it should taste.”


Not sure about your idea? Curious about folklife opportunities throughout the Commonwealth? Get it touch! We really do want to hear from you. E-mail with your questions, and we’ll be happy to talk through your ideas with you.