In 2010, the society introduced a new award for the best paper presented at Mythcon by an undergraduate or graduate student. This award, first presented at Mythcon 41, was named in honor of Alexei Kondratiev, long-time Society member and a scholar of wide-ranging interests in mythopoeic and related studies, who passed away in 2010. The winners of the award receive a certificate, a one-year subscription to Mythlore, and half-off registration for the next Mythcon he or she attends.
- 2010: Michael Milburn, “Art According to Romantic Theology: Charles Williams’ Analysis of Dante Adapted to J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle.’” Published in Mythlore 29.3/4 (113/114).
- 2011: Andrew Hallam, “Thresholds to Middle-earth: Allegories of Reading, Allegories for Knowledge and Transformation.” Published in Mythlore 30.1/2 (115/116), 23-42
- 2012: Alyssa House-Thomas, “The Wondrous Orientalism of Lord Dunsany.”
- 2013: Megan B. Abrahamson, “J.R.R. Tolkien, Fanfiction, and the ‘Freedom of the Reader’.” Published in Mythlore 32.1 (123).
- 2014: Dominic J. Nardi, “The Law of the Rings: Reevaluating Politics in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.”