Sunday, July 31, 2022

2022 Mythopoeic Awards Winners Announced

 The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners of the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards. The winners of this year’s awards were announced during Mythcon 52, held July 29th through August 1st, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM.

The winners are:
  • Adult Fantasy: Jo Walton, Or What You Will
  • Children's Fantasy (tie): Lori M. Lee, Pahua and the Soul Stealer, and Eden Royce, Root Magic
  • Inklings Studies: Holly Ordway, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages}
  • Myth and Fantasy Studies: Philip Ball, The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2021 that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings. Books are eligible for two years after publication if selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. 

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees. Books for mature “Young Adults” may be moved to the Adult literature category.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2019–2021) are eligible, including finalists for previous years. 

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

For more information about the Mythopoeic Awards, please contact the Awards Administrator: Dennis Wise,

Full press release may be found on the Mythopoeic Society's website.