We present a learning to rank approach to classify folktales, such as fairy tales and urban legends, according to their
, a concept that is widely used by folktale researchers to organize and classify folktales. A
represents a collection of similar stories often with recurring plot and themes. Our work is guided by two frequently used story type classification schemes. Contrary to most information retrieval problems, the text similarity in this problem goes beyond topical similarity. We experiment with approaches inspired by distributed information retrieval and features that compare subject-verb-object triplets. Our system was found to be highly effective compared with a baseline system.