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

Monday, June 5, 2017

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards. More information about the awards, can be found in the Awards section of the Mythopoeic Society's website and in the press release for the 2017 finalists. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 48, to be held July 28-31, 2017, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mythcon 48 Progress Report Published

The Progress Report for Mythcon 48 is now available as a PDF (download here) and we invite all members of this summer's Mythopoeic Conference and other interested folks to download it. Much of the information has already appeared on the website but this compiles it in one place, including details of housing options, membership rates, current members, Guests of Honor, and a little bit of Mythopoeic Society history - we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Society, after all!

Do come join us in Champaign, Illinois, for Mythcon 48 this summer: July 28-31, 2017. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HUZZAH!!! Mythcon 48 Room & Board

The long-awaited room and board packages for Mythcon 48 at the St. John's Catholic Newman Center, University Illinois at Champaign, are now LIVE (and we think you'll like the prices).

There are some interesting choices this year: a single room shares a bathroom with one other person in the "jack & jill" style rooms OR a single room suite shares a bathroom with up to three other people in the "suite style" rooms. There are a very limited number of ADA-compliant singles with their own bathroom.

Double rooms are two beds in a shared bedroom; they come two-bedrooms per double suite for a total of four people sharing one bathroom.

The suites also have shared living/lounging space.

For those who want bigger beds and the amenities of a hotel, we've arranged for a limited number of rooms at the Illini Union, a scant half-mile away - but you'll probably need to walk between locations.

For choices, details, prices and a look a what the room layouts are like, please follow the link to our room & board page.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mythlore 130 published

Mythlore 130 has been published and is enroute to subscribers who receive print copies; subscribers who take the electronic version should have already received an email notification. Here is the Table of Contents and the opportunity to buy either print or PDF versions of Mythlore 130; most back-issues of Mythlore are also available for sale via the Mythlore History page, including all issues edited by Janet Brennan Croft in both electronic and print formats.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mythprint #380 Published

The Spring 2016 issue of Mythprint (#380) has just been published! The default delivery method is via email so, if you use Gmail, be sure to check the "Promotions" tab. Some members choose to receive a print copy and it will be mailed to them.

We encourage you to join the Mythopoeic Society or renew your membership so you too can enjoy our quarterly news-and-reviews publication!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mythcon 48 CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline Extended!

DEADLINE for paper abstracts has been extended to May 7

The Call For Papers for Mythcon 48 is now available in PDF form; please follow the link. The conference theme is All That Is Gold as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Mythopoeic Society. Do come join us in Champaign, Illinois, this summer! July 28-31, 2017.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mythcon 48 Guests of Honor Announced

The Mythopoeic Society and Mythcon 48 are pleased to announce that William Fliss, Archivist at the Marquette University Special Collections and Archives, and Laura Schmidt, Archivist at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, will be our Guests of Honor for this very special conference.

Details of location, housing, and our first Progress Report will be available shortly. We encourage you to register now and plan to join us next summer in Illinois for an historic conference.

Mythcon 48 will be held July 28-31, 2017, in Champaign, Illinois. We will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Mythopoeic Society and our conference theme is All That Is Gold.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mythopoeic Awards Call for Nominations: Extended Deadline

Individual members of the Mythopoeic Society are invited to nominate books for the 2017 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!) has been extended to February 24, 2017; 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.

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during in 2016 that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”. Books not selected as finalists in the year after publication are eligible for a second year. 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 Children¹s 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 J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and/or Charles Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published from 2014 through 2016 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.

Winners of the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards will be announced at the 48th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon 48), to be held July 28-31, 2017 at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Please contact David Oberhelman, the Awards Administrator, to nominate books, volunteer for committees, or ask questions about the Mythopoeic Awards process.

     David Oberhelman
     306 Edmon Low Library
     Oklahoma State University
     Stillwater, OK 74078

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mythprint #379 Published

The latest issue of Mythprint has been published (#378) and it will be sent to all members of the Mythopoeic Society; the default method is via email (if you use gmail be sure to check the "Promotions" tab) but some members choose to receive a print copy and it will be mailed to them.

We encourage you to join the Mythopoeic Society or renew your membership so you, too can enjoy our quarterly news-and-reviews publication.

We also take this opportunity to remind you that early registration rates for Mythcon 48 are about to go up, so save money and join the conference now!