The Mythopoeic Society promotes the study, discussion, and enjoyment of
fantastic and mythic literature through books and periodicals, annual
conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more.
We are especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings” (1930s-1950s).Periodicals:
A scholarly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature Mythprint
Monthly bulletin with book reviews, short articles, event information, and more Mythic Circle
An annual literary magazine with short stories, poetry, and artwork
Books by and about writers of mythopoeic and fantastic literature Awards
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 the previous year 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.
Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers
(from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), 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.
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 during the previous three years 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.Mythcon
The Mythopoeic Society’s annual conference is usually held at a college
or university campus setting in late July or early August. Each
conference is constructed around a theme related to Inklings studies
and/or fantastic and mythic literature. Each conference also features an
author and a scholar guest of honor. Papers, panel discussions,
readings, entertainment, an art show, a dealers’ room, and other
activities fill the four-day event. Another Mythcon highlight is our
annual banquet, after which the Mythopoeic Awards are presented. A small
(usually 100-300 people) attendance and intimate setting makes Mythcon
an excellent venue for meeting people with common interests.
Mythcon has its own Page here at G+.