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Mythlore Reviewer Guidelines

Mythlore reviewers should be familiar with the journal’s statement of editorial purpose (reproduced below). Sample reviews may be found on the journal’s website.

Items for review in Mythlore may be solicited by the editor, sent on spec by the publisher, or suggested to the editor by a potential reviewer. We do not accept unsolicited reviews; all items for review must be approved by the editor in advance.

We review books and other items in the following categories:

  • Literary criticism, biography, annotated bibliographies, collections of letters, textual criticism, reference works, and so on about fantasy writers in general and the Inklings in particular
  • We generally do not review works strictly concerned with the theological thought of the Inklings or other fantasy writers unless the work connects it to their literary output
  • Editions of works by the Inklings (including fiction, poetry, and artwork), particularly if they are previously unpublished, include new critical apparatus, or are otherwise a contribution to scholarship
  • General works on fantasy literature and film, folk and fairy tales, mythology, and other topics if they can be tied to the journal’s purpose statement

We do NOT review:

  • Fiction and poetry except as indicated above
  • Art books and calendars except as indicated above
  • Devotional works based on the writings of the Inklings

The book you review is yours to keep if you wish. You may find that a book you have agreed to review is not, in your opinion, worth reviewing; in this case, please contact me and we will decide if it should go on to another reviewer or simply not be reviewed.


Reviews should generally be over 500 words but less than 5000. At the beginning of your review, include information about the book in the following format:

BUFFY AND THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY: VAMPIRE SLAYER AS FEMININE CHOSEN ONE. Valerie Estelle Frankel. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012. 226 p. 9780786467921. $35.00.

If you include quotes in your review, please use MLA style with parenthetical page citations. If you quote from sources other than the book under review, include a bibliography at the end in MLA style. (For more details, see the Mythlore Style Sheet at

Please also include an up-to-date “about the reviewer” paragraph.


By submitting a review to Mythlore, you agree to the following:

  • The Reviewer hereby grants and assigns to the Publisher the non-exclusive right to publish this review in Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. The Publisher may also include all or part of the Work on the Mythopoeic Society’s web site.
  • The Reviewer also grants the Publisher the right to grant to a third party the right to reproduce, incorporate, and distribute the Work into one or more databases, and to deliver or transmit the content of the Work, in whole or in part, for display, storage, copying and printing by authorized users of the databases or products. Distribution may include sale of individual articles on behalf of Mythlore through various sub-contracting vendors. Reviewer will receive no compensation for this reproduction and distribution. Said third party or parties have contracted with the Publisher to reproduce, incorporate, and distribute all Mythlore articles.
  • The Reviewer is free to reuse this Work in future writings, agree to its republication in other venues after its appearance in Mythlore, or save it in an electronic institutional or self-archive, but is asked to include an acknowledgment statement indicating the item originally appeared in Mythlore.
  • The Reviewer agrees to grant the Publisher the right to use this work, as stated in the previous paragraph, without compensation other than one free copy of the completed journal issue as published. Reviewers who are already subscribers may instead choose to extend their subscription by one issue.


While a completed review may be submitted at any time, reviews for the spring issue must be received before February 25 and for the fall issue before August 25. A proof of your review will be sent to you by the end of March or September and should be reviewed in a timely fashion as the journal goes to press April 1 and October 1.


All reviews published in Mythlore must adhere to the publications Statement of Editorial Purpose, which can be found on the Mythlore Submissions page.