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Mythopoeic Society

a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy


Mythopoeic Awards

Mythopoeic Awards – Scholarship

Following is a list of the final ballot nominees for the two Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards categories: Inklings Studies and General Myth & Fantasy Studies. The books marked with asterisks (and placed first in the list) were the winners. Books are eligible for three years after publication and may appear as finalists for more than one year.

1971

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Kilby; Mary McDermott Shideler *

1972

  • Inklings Studies
    • Walter Hooper *

1973

  • Inklings Studies
    • Master of Middle-earth by Paul H. Kocher *

1974

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Lewis, Mere Christian by Kathryn Lindskoog *

1975

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper *

1976

  • Inklings Studies
    • Tolkien Criticism by Richard C. West *
    • C.S. Lewis, An Annotated Checklist by Joe R. Christopher and Joan K. Ostling *
    • Charles W.S. Williams, A Checklist by Lois Glenn *

1982

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter *

1983

  • Inklings Studies
    • Companion to Narnia by Paul F. Ford *

1984

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Road to Middle-earth by T.A. Shippey *

1985

  • Inklings Studies
    • Reason and Imagination in C.S. Lewis by Peter J. Schakel *

1986

  • Inklings Studies
    • Charles Williams, Poet of Theology by Glen Cavaliero *

1987

  • Inklings Studies
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality and Religion by Richard Purtill *

1988

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Lewis by Joe R. Christopher *

1989

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Return of the Shadow by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien *

1990

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Douglas A. Anderson *

1991

  • Inklings Studies
    • Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times by George Sayer *

1992

  • Inklings Studies
    • Word and Story in C.S. Lewis edited by Peter J. Schakel and Charles A. Huttar *

1993

  • Inklings Studies
    • Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C.S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy by David C. Downing *
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, introduction by Judith Priestman.
    • The Pattern in the Web: The Mythical Poetry of Charles Williams by Roma A. King, Jr.
    • Tolkien: A Critical Assessment by Brian Rosebury
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Strategies of Fantasy by Brian Attebery *
    • Witches of the Mind: A Critical Study of Fritz Leiber by Bruce Byfield
    • Contours of the Fantastic, edited by Michele K. Lanford

1994

  • Inklings Studies
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography by Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson *
    • The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror by Kath Filmer
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, introduction by Judith Priestman.
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Patterning of a Fantastic World by Colin Manlove
    • Tolkien: A Critical Assessment by Brian Rosebury
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Twentieth-Century Fantasists: Essays on Culture, Society, and Belief in Twentieth-Century Mythopoeic Literature, edited by Kath Filmer *
    • The Reclamation of a Queen: Guinevere in Modern Fantasy by Barbara Ann Gordon-Wise
    • For the Childlike: George MacDonald’s Fantasies for Children, edited by Roderick McGillis
    • Off With Their Heads!: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood by Maria Tatar

1995

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Lewis in Context by Doris T. Myers *
    • The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror by Kath Filmer
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend, introduction by Judith Priestman.
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Patterning of a Fantastic World by Colin Manlove
    • Tolkien: A Critical Assessment by Brian Rosebury
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Old Tales and New Truths: Charting the Bright-Shadow World by James Roy King *
    • When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development by Lois Rostow Kuznets
    • For the Childlike: George MacDonald’s Fantasies for Children, edited by Roderick McGillis
    • From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner
    • Fairy Tale as Myth / Myth as Fairy Tale by Jack Zipes

1996

  • Inklings Studies
    • J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull *
    • The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror by Kath Filmer
    • The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity by William H. Green
    • C.S. Lewis: A Reference Guide, 1972-1988 by Susan Lowenberg
    • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Patterning of a Fantastic World by Colin Manlove
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner *
    • T.H. White’s The Once and Future King by Elisabeth Brewer
    • The Seed and the Vision: On the Writing and Appreciation of Children’s Books by Eleanor Cameron
    • When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development by Lois Rostow Kuznets

1997

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams edited by Charles A. Huttar and Peter Schakel *
    • The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity by William H. Green
    • C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide by Walter Hooper
    • Charles Williams: A Celebration, edited by Brian Horne
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development by Lois Rostow Kuznets *
    • The Supernatural and English Fiction by Glen Cavaliero
    • Lord Dunsany, Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination by S.T. Joshi
    • The Water of the Wondrous Isles, by William Morris, edited, with introduction, notes, and glossary, by Norman Talbot

1998

  • Inklings Studies
    • A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie by Verlyn Flieger *
    • C.S. Lewis Index: Rumours from the Sculptor’s Shop by Janine Goffar
    • C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide by Walter Hooper
    • Charles Williams: A Celebration, edited by Brian Horne
    • Finding the Landlord: A Guidebook to C.S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress by Kathryn Lindskoog
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant *
    • The Supernatural and English Fiction by Glen Cavaliero
    • Lord Dunsany, Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination by S.T. Joshi
    • Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination by Richard Mathews

1999

  • Inklings Studies
    • C.S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide by Walter Hooper *
    • C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer & Mentor by Lionel Adey
    • Christian Mythmakers by Rolland Hein
    • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • A Century of Welsh Myth in Children’s Literature by Donna R. White *
    • Dreams and Wishes: Essays on Writing for Children by Susan Cooper
    • Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum by Michael Riley
    • No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock by Marina Warner

2000

  • Inklings Studies
    • Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull *
    • C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer & Mentor by Lionel Adey
    • Tolkien, Man and Myth: A Literary Life by Joseph Pearce
    • Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness by Carole G. Silver *
    • King Arthur in America by Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack
    • The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art 1840-1920 by Christine Poulson
    • Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum by Michael Riley
    • When Dreams Come True: Classical Fairy Tales and Their Tradition by Jack Zipes

2001

  • Inklings Studies
    • J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of the Century by Tom Shippey *
    • C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer & Mentor by Lionel Adey
    • J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, edited by George Clark and Daniel Timmons
    • The Crisis and the Quest: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Charles Williams by Stephen N. Dunning
    • Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • King Arthur in America by Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack *
    • The Fantasy Literature of England by C.N. Manlove
    • The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art 1840-1920 by Christine Poulson
    • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales edited by Jack Zipes

2002

  • Inklings Studies
    • Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter *
    • J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, edited by George Clark and Daniel Timmons
    • Women Among the Inklings: Gender, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams by Candice Fredrick and Sam McBride
    • C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse by Don W. King
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • The Owl, the Raven & the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms’ Magic Fairy Tales by G. Ronald Murphy *
    • Fairytale in the Ancient World by Graham Anderson
    • Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale by Elizabeth Wanning Harries
    • The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art 1840-1920 by Christine Poulson

2003

  • Inklings Studies
    • Beowulf and the Critics by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Michael D.C. Drout *
    • J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, edited by George Clark and Daniel Timmons
    • Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis: Journeying to Narnia and Other Worlds by Peter J. Schakel
    • C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse by Don W. King
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Fairytale in the Ancient World by Graham Anderson *
    • A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld by Francis Bridger
    • The Christian Imagination: G.K. Chesterton on the Arts by Thomas C. Peters
    • Vast Alchemies: The Life and Work of Mervyn Peake by G. Peter Winnington

2004

  • Inklings Studies
    • Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth *
    • Tolkien the Medievalist, edited by Jane Chance
    • Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings by Matthew Dickerson
    • C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse by Don W. King
  • Myth and Fantasy Studies
    • The Myth of the American Superhero by John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett *
    • Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life by Mike Ashley
    • A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld by Francis Bridger
    • Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day
    • Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit: A Children’s Classic at 100, edited by Margaret Mackey
    • National Dreams: The remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-century England by Jennifer Schacker

2005

  • Inklings Studies
    • War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Janet Brennan Croft *
    • Tolkien the Medievalist, edited by Jane Chance
    • Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings by Matthew Dickerson
    • Bareface: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s Last Novel by Doris T. Myers
    • Tolkien in the Land of Heroes by Anne C. Petty
  • Myth and Fantasy Studies
    • Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Stephen Thomas Knight *
    • Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Becomes a Legend Most by William Patrick Day
    • The Meanings of Beauty and the Beast by Jerry Griswold
    • Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom, edited by Teya Rosenberg

2006

  • Inklings Studies
    • The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull *
    • Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Marjorie Burns
    • Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology by Verlyn Flieger
    • Smith of Wootton Major: Expanded Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger
    • The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs
  • Myth and Fantasy Studies
    • National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England by Jennifer Schacker *
    • The Meanings of Beauty and the Beast by Jerry Griswold
    • Readers in Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction from Dorothy to Harry Potter by Deborah O’Keefe
    • The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy by David R. Loy & Linda Goodhew

2007

  • Inklings Studies
    • Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide * (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
    • Marjorie Burns, Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (University of Toronto Press, 2005)
    • Verlyn Flieger, Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology (Kent State University Press, 2005)
    • Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Myth and Fantasy Studies
    • G. Ronald Murphy, S.J., Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram’s Parzival * (Oxford University Press, 2006)
    • Simon Blaxland-de Lange, Owen Barfield: Romanticism Come of Age: A Biography (Temple Lodge, 2006)
    • Jerry Griswold, The Meanings of Beauty and the Beast (Broadview Press, 2004)
    • Charles Butler, Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper (Children’s Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, 2006)
    • Milly Williamson, The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy (Wallflower, 2006)

2008

  • Inklings Studies
    • Diana Pavlac Glyer; appendix by David Bratman, The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community * (Kent State University Press, 2007)
    • Marjorie Burns, Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien’s Middle-earth (University of Toronto Press, 2005)
    • Verlyn Flieger, Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology (Kent State University Press, 2005)
    • Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2006)
    • John D. Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit, Part One, Mr Baggins; Part Two, Return to Bag-End (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • T.A. Shippey, editor, The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005)
    • Charles Butler, Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper (Children’s Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, 2006)
    • Heather O’Donoghue, From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths (I.B. Tauris, 2007)
    • Richard Carl Tuerk, Oz in Perspective: The Magic and Myth of the L. Frank Baum Books (McFarland & Co., 2007)
    • Milly Williamson, The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy (Wallflower, 2006)

2009

  • Inklings Studies
    • John Rateliff, The History of the Hobbit, * Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
    • Gavin Ashenden, Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration (Kent State, 2008)
    • Veryln Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, eds. Tolkien on Fairy-stories: Expanded Edition, with Commentary and Notes (HarperCollins, 2008)
    • Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford, 2008)
    • Elizabeth A. Whittingham, The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth (McFarland, 2008)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Charles Butler, Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper * (Children’s Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, 2006)
    • Jason Marc Harris, Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Ashgate, 2008)
    • Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2008)
    • Marek Oziewicz, One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card (McFarland, 2008)
    • Richard Carl Tuerk, Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the Frank L. Baum Books (McFarland, 2007)

2010

  • Inklings Studies
    • Dimitra Fimi, Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits *
      (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
    • Gavin Ashenden, Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration (Kent State, 2008)
    • Douglas Charles Kane, Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion (Lehigh Univ. Press, 2009)
    • Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford, 2008)
    • Elizabeth A. Whittingham, The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth (McFarland, 2008)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Marek Oziewicz, One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card * (McFarland, 2008)
    • Lucas H. Harriman, Lilith in a New Light: Essays on the George MacDonald Fantasy Novel (McFarland, 2008)
    • Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2008)
    • Leslie A. Sconduto, Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance (McFarland 2008)
    • Caroline Sumpter, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

2011

  • Inklings Studies
    • Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008) *
    • Bradford Lee Eden, ed., Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien (McFarland, 2010)
    • Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, eds., Tolkien on Fairy-stories: Expanded Edition, with Commentary and Notes (HarperCollins, 2008)
    • Douglas Charles Kane, Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion (Lehigh Univ. Press, 2009)
    • Steve Walker, The Power of Tolkien’s Prose: Middle-earth’s Magical Style (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Caroline Sumpter, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) *
    • Don W. King, ed., Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans Pub., 2009)
    • Ursula K. Le Guin, Cheek by Jowl (Aqueduct Press, 2009)
    • Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2008)
    • Leslie A. Sconduto, Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance (McFarland, 2008)

2012

  • Inklings Studies
    • Carl Phelpstead. Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity (Univ. of Wales Press, 2011) *
    • Jason Fisher, ed. Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011)
    • Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins, 2011)
    • Sanford Schwartz. C.S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy (Oxford Univ. Press, 2009)
    • Steve Walker, The Power of Tolkien’s Prose: Middle-earth’s Magical Style (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Jack Zipes, The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films (Routledge, 2011) *
    • Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Fairy Tales: A New History (SUNY Press, 2009)
    • Bonnie Gaarden, The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald(Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2011)
    • Ursula K. Le Guin, Cheek by Jowl (Aqueduct Press, 2009)
    • Darrell Schweitzer, The Fantastic Horizon: Essays and Reviews (Borgo Press, 2009)

2013

  • Inklings Studies
    • Verlyn Flieger, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)*
    • Robert Boenig, C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)
    • John Bremer, C.S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918 (Lexington Books, 2012)
    • Jason Fisher, ed., Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011)
    • Corey Olsen, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
  • Myth & Fantasy Studies
    • Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)*
    • Jo Eldridge Carney, Fairy Tale Queens: Representations of Early Modern Queenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
    • Bonnie Gaarden, The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2011)
    • Michael Saler, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012)
    • David Sandner, Critical Discourses of the Fantastic, 1712-1831 (Ashgate, 2011)