Monday, January 8, 2018

Mythcon 49 Guests of Honor Announced

Our Scholar Guest of Honor for 2018 is Dr. Robin Anne Reid. She is a Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her teaching areas are creative writing, critical theory, and marginalized literatures. Please see her full bio on the Mythcon 49 site for publishing credits. Perhaps most notably for Mythies, she wrote an outstanding bibliographic essay on the history of scholarship surrounding female characters in Tolkien's legendarium in Perilous and Fair, published by the Mythopoeic Press.


Our Artist Guest of Honor is Donato Giancola. He balances modern concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. He also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Massachusetts and online through the SmArt School, and appears at various institutions, seminars, and conventions, from San Diego to Rome to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics. Please see his full bio on his for influences, awards, and credits.

A sampling of Donato's artwork is reproduced below. He has a full Middle-earth gallery on his site, as well.
Eagle rescuing Hobbit and Dwarves from burning treeseowyn battling the nazgul painting
Smaug on a pile of gold

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Call for Papers ~ Mythcon 49

The Call for Papers for the 49th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon 49) is now available here, with a link to download a PDF copy. The conference theme is On the Shoulders of Giants and our Scholar Guest of Honor is Robin Reid.

Paper abstracts are due no later than May 1, 2018, so put on your thinking caps and break out your quill pens (actually, we'd prefer computers).

Mythcon 49 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 20-23, 2018. Please visit for more information and to join the conference.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Call for nominations: 2018 Mythopoeic Awards

Individual members of the Mythopoeic Society are invited to nominate books for the 2018 Mythopoeic Awards, and/or to volunteer to serve on any of the committees. (You need not join the committee to make nominations.) The deadline for committee volunteers and for nominations (limit of five per person per category, please!) is February 10, 2018; please send nominations to the awards administrator (see contact info below) via e-mail (preferred) or U.S. mail. Authors, publishers, and their representatives may not nominate their own books for any of the awards. Books published by the Mythopoeic Press are not eligible for the awards. The Mythopoeic Society does not accept or review unsolicited manuscripts.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mythlore #131 Published

Mythlore #131 has been published, all 256 pages of it! It will be mailed to subscribers who receive a print copy and digital subscribers will receive an email - please be sure to check your "Promotions" tab, if you use Gmail.

Members of the Mythopoeic Society receive digital Mythprint as part of their membership but our scholarly journal Mythlore requires a separate subscription. We invite you to subscribe here.

If you're not sure of the status of your membership or your Mythlore subscription, please email your query to Marion at: - and she will let you know.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mythprint #382 Published

The Mythopoeic Society's quarterly news & reviews publication Mythprint has just published Whole Number 382, featuring lovely cover art by Will Coats --members of Mythcon 48 fondly remember Will, his beautiful daughter, and his display of mythopoeic art-- a report on the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners, Golfimbul winners, Clerihew winners, book reviews, and an article *ahem* by J. Aleksandr Wootton on the unsuitability of fairytales for children....

IF you are a member of the Mythopoeic Society you will automatically receive Mythprint #382 electronically or, if you have opted for a physical copy, it will be mailed to you shortly.

Gmail users, please remember to check your "Promotions" folder.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mythlore call for nominations



IN 2018 WE CELEBRATE THE FOUNDING OF MYTHLORE, the scholarly journal of the Mythopoeic Society, which published its first issue in January 1969. Reader’s Choice: The Best of Mythlore’s First Fifty Years will collect and reprint the very best articles, artwork, reviews, letters, and creative work, all nominated by readers, along with commentary about the journal’s founding and history, and will be published in time for Mythcon 49.

HAVE YOU READ AN ARTICLE that changed your thinking about an author? Influenced your own scholarship? Inspired you to read something new, or re-read an old favorite with a fresh perspective? Is there a brilliant article you think has been neglected by current scholarship and deserves more attention? Nominate your favorite and tell us why you think it should be included in this volume.

IS THERE A PICTURE you still have pinned to your bulletin board after all these years? A poem you copied and saved? Nominate your favorite and tell us why it’s meaningful to you. DID YOU READ A REVIEW that made you rush right out to buy a new book? A letter that offered special insight or started a friendship with the author? An editorial you thought was especially insightful or inspirational? Nominate your favorite and tell us why it was so special.

DO YOU HAVE ARCHIVAL MATERIAL relating to the early years of the journal? Perhaps minutes from the early Council of Stewards meetings where the idea first came up, or a copy of the first call for papers? We’d love to be able to reproduce this material and add it to our archives.

NOMINATIONS FOR ANY TYPE OF MATERIAL should include a citation to the Mythlore issue in which it originally appeared, a paragraph about why you chose it (up to 250 words), and a brief paragraph about yourself (up to 100 words). If your nomination is chosen, you will receive a free copy of the electronic version of the book and a discount code for the print-on- demand version.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Mythopoeic Award Winners

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher (Ace)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature
Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog (Dutton)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies
Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies
Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

More information about the Mythopoeic Awards here