A scholarly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature


Statement of Editorial Purpose

The purpose of the Mythopoeic Society is "promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature." Mythlore contributes to this mission as the scholarly journal of the society.

Our audience is widely-read and well educated, but not necessarily academic. Writing should therefore be clear, accessible, and jargon-free. Unfamiliar terms and concepts should be concisely and unobtrusively explained.

Our subtitle is "A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature."

What exactly is "mythopoeic literature"?

It is literature that creates a new and transformative mythology, or incorporates and transforms existing mythological material. Transformation is the key—mere static reference to mythological elements, invented or pre-existing, is not enough. The mythological elements must be of sufficient importance in the work to influence the spiritual, moral, and/or creative lives of the characters, and must reflect and support the author's underlying themes. This type of work, at its best, should also inspire the reader to examine the importance of mythology in his or her own spiritual, moral, and creative development.

In addition to the obvious (criticism of mythopoeic literature by our major authors or any other author, reconsiderations of authors not normally considered mythopoeic, influence of mythopoeic authors on other writers and vice versa, etc.), some of the other kinds of papers Mythlore publishes include:
We do NOT publish: We strive for what our society’s founder, Glen GoodKnight, called "the Middle Way" (see editorials in issues 61 and 62): neither denying the religious beliefs and purposes of our three core authors, nor serving as an organization seeking to propagate those beliefs; and while urging the importance and relevance of our central three authors, avoiding the trap of becoming a "cult of personality" for any one of them.

Submitting Your Paper

Mythlore is a refereed scholarly journal. Mythlore welcomes submissions focusing on the works and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams as well as articles on other authors of mythic and mythopoeic literature. We invite articles from all critical perspectives. All accepted submissions must be recommended by at least one referee; in the case of authors connected with the journal or on the Society's board, a minimum of two recommendations is required.

All submissions for publication should conform to the MLA Handbook 9th ed. (New York: Modern Language Association, 2021), include a list of works cited, and normally should be 5000-10,000 words. Reviews of books should be 1000-5000 words. Please inquire with the editor before submitting book reviews or shorter "notes." Letters are also welcome. Submissions should be formatted as Microsoft Word or as plain ASCII text files and submitted through our online editorial management system; you will need to log-in or sign up for an account with SWOSU in order to use the system. If you have published with Mythlore in the past, there will be an account under your name; start the log-in process and click on "forgot my password" to set up your password the first time. (Refer to the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for further details.) Authors may expect a decision regarding publication within three to six months.

Our author agreement is SPARC Addendum-compliant. Authors retain all rights to their submissions, except for the specific rights given to Mythlore for initial publication, future reprints in print or electronic (including online) formats, and distribution to our third party database partners. For more details, see also Rights for Authors and the SWOSU Digital Commons.

To contact the editor:

Editor of Mythlore

Guidelines for prospective reviewers: Books for Review & Reviewer Guidelines.

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