Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: The Year's Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in post-medieval times. The journal is published under the auspices of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. Contributions, usually between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length, will be accepted on a year-round basis. (Essay lengths are the same size as the average Signum semester research paper... maybe one of yours would fit here.)…/theyearsworkinmedievalism/contact
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of the Robin Hood tradition. The editors particularly welcome essays in the following areas: formal literary explication, manuscript and early printed book investigations, historical inquiries, new media examinations, and theory or cultural studies approaches.
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Brenton Dickieson

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[ONGOING]: The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society brings together scholars, students, and others who share a passionate interest in C.S. Lewis and his writings. In the past, the society’s journal has maintained a strong scholarly tone while appealing to the interests of those outside the academy who are interested and inspired by the ction and nonfiction of C.S. Lewis. After a brief hiatus, the society’s esteemed journal The Lamp-Post is returning to publication. We are specifically seeking essays on C.S. Lewis, but essays on Lewis’s circle, e.g.. the Inklings and other influences will also be considered.

See full CFP here:
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Speaking of The Heroic Age, they also seek relevant submissions:

The Heroic Age is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on Northwestern Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

The Heroic Age publishes issues within the broad context of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Each issue has a "general" section and a "themed" section. Please consult the Call for Papers for information about upcoming themed sections. For any questions about the suitability of topics, please contact Larry Swain, Editor-in-Chief <haediting[at]>
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Mythprint: Quarterly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society with Book Reviews, Short Articles, Event Information, and More!

Reviews of mythopoeic media, discussion group reports, news items, letters, art work, notes or short articles, and other submissions for Mythprint are always welcome.

"We are always looking for reviews, but we also publish letters to the editor or society, short articles and notes on Inklings topics, art, meeting discussion reports, and more!"

Email: [email protected]
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society is looking for submissions of articles and notes about the works and life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The journal, published regularly since 1970, has a readership numbering in the thousands and routinely publishes artwork from Tolkien artists, articles from Tolkien scholars, and reviews of the latest scholarly books.
The journal seeks to publish a wide range of topics and perspectives from scholars. Submissions could cover (but are not limited to):

• Applications of critical theory to Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• New or under-reported biographical information about Tolkien
• Interdisciplinary studies of Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• Studies of source material or influences on the writer

Mallorn accepts submissions at any time.
Guidelines for submissions can be found on our website:
Additional questions can be sent to the editor.
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Kris Swank

Call for Articles: Dante Studies

The online peer-reviewed journal #BibliothecaDantesca is seeking articles for its fourth volume, to be published in December 2021. The journal welcomes contributions that investigate the work of Dante and its reception from a wide interdisciplinary perspective. To celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death, Bibliotheca Dantesca invites essays related to the reception of Dante through the centuries, from the late Middle Ages to modern times, and from a variety of perspectives, including Mediterranean studies, gender studies, history of emotion, African-American studies, material text, influence on nationalism, “Italianity,” digital humanities, environmental studies, to mention a few.
Submissions in English are strongly encouraged. The submission deadline for consideration in our fourth volume (2021) is 30 June 2021.

See our website for the guidelines
For information and inquiries contact [email protected]

Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Fantastika Journal welcomes essay submissions throughout the year regardless of theme or topic as long as the content is relevant to Fantastika in some manner or form. Articles will undergo a two-step review process - all submissions will first be reviewed by the editorial board and if deemed appropriate to the journal will then proceed to double blind-peer review. Accepted submissions will be published in our next upcoming general issue.

Please refer to our guidelines to ensure that your article adheres to our house style and formatting guidelines before submission. We also accept general fiction and non-fiction reviews as well as conference reports.

The journal also seeks academic book reviewers. Email your research specialty/credentials to [email protected] if interested

Articles can be submitted by emailing [email protected]

Kris Swank

CFP: Tolkien Society (UK) Summer Seminar: Tolkien and Diversity
The second Tolkien Society Seminar of 2021 will be held online on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July 2021 on Zoom. We will additionally be live-streaming the event on our YouTube channel.

Papers may consider, but are not limited to:

  • Representation in Tolkien’s works (race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, religion, age etc)
  • Tolkien’s approach to colonialism and post-colonialism
  • Adaptations of Tolkien’s works
  • Diversity and representation in Tolkien academia and readership
  • Identity within Tolkien’s works
  • Alterity in Tolkien’s works
Please ensure that abstracts are a maximum of 300 words and biographies are a maximum of 100 words. Submissions can be made below. The deadline for the call for papers is end of day, Friday 23rd April.
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Kris Swank

17th Tolkien Conference of the German Tolkien Society e.V. in Marburg, 29-31 October 2021. (in German) (in English)

The topic of the conference is ′′Tolkien and the Politics". It was supposed to take place in 2020, but unfortunately, for well-known reasons it was not possible. Now we hope for autumn and look forward to your contributions! The Call for Papers has started - you can submit suggestions for contributions until April 30.!
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Kris Swank

CFP: Celtic Studies at MLA, January 6-9, 2022. Proposals due March 15, 2021.

Join the CLCS Celtic Forum at the MLA Convention!
Washington, DC, January 6-9, 2022
  1. Teaching Celtic Languages Without a Celtic Program (A Roundtable Session)
  2. Close Reading the Material Text (a joint-sponsored special session of the CLCS Celtic and Old Norse forums on material texts from the medieval to the modern era.

Kris Swank


The Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies
Tentative Date: 3-5 December 2021.

Deadline for Proposals: 11 October 2021

Call for Papers:

Every country, every timespace, every culture has its outlaws, and each tells its own stories about them, in a variety of different genres and socio-cultural forms. As outlaw studies in general can be both a wide and a narrow field, we will consider any submission on any area of outlaw studies. Papers may present some aspect/s of outlaw culture in general, or Robin Hood/other outlaws in particular, from any period or any geographic or cultural background, in any media or literary format/genre. We encourage that submissions be classified using the following headings:

Society (including economics, law and crime); Literary culture (including documents and books) and Theory; Geography and Place; Play (including music and performance) and Leisure; Gender and Sexuality; Politics and political history; Cinematic and Digital Culture and Theory; Weapons, War and Fighting; Fantasy culture and Theory; Art, Archaeology and the Visual; Mystery, Superstition and Religion; Race and Ethnicity; Other Robin Hoods.

In response to the extraordinary events of 2020 and the continuance of a really difficult situation into 2021, this year’s conference will be an online event. It will be co-hosted by Dr Lesley Coote (University of Hull, UK) and Dr Steve Basdeo (The American International University of Richmond, Leeds UK).

Please submit a single document by 11 October 2021, containing:

1. a brief (100 word) presenter biography, and
2. a brief abstract of 250 words, including proposed title and topic heading/s, as above.

Address proposals to both Dr. Lesley Coote FHEA, Fellow of the University of Hull ([email protected]) and Dr. Stephen Basdeo, FHEA, Richmond: The American International University ([email protected]).

In the tradition of Robin Hood himself, and of other Robin Hoods, we expect the conference to be a free event. If there should be a cost, we would expect this to be minimal.

See attached PDF.


Kris Swank

Our very own MYTHMOOT June 24-27, 2021, is open for paper proposals!

Mythmoot Call for Proposals
“Home is behind, the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread”
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Proposal Submittal
Your submission to
[email protected] must contain the following in the email:
  • Type of submission (paper, workshop, panel, presentation)
  • Title
  • 300-word abstract or description
  • Name(s) of the presenter(s)
  • A two-sentence biography for each presenter
Title your email “Mythmoot VIII Proposal.” All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on March 31st, 2021.

No presentations will be given in absentia, and your submission to Mythmoot VIII is considered an agreement to attend and present should your proposal be accepted.
In the instance of an in-person event, each room will have a projector for presenter use. Please be prepared to present at a digital event using a video camera and microphone.

Human beings have always wondered about the future, and speculated about what is to come. Will the world ahead be dark and dystopian, a flourishing utopia, or something in-between? What does the past tell us about what the future might be like? What will the world ahead be like for literature? Or the worlds we continue to build through literature?
We are accepting proposals for Papers, Panels, Workshops, and Creative Presentations about “the world ahead” in the following areas of study:
  • Imaginative Literature (ex: Sherlock Holmes, Dune, The Left Hand of Darkness, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files, etc.)
  • Tolkien and Inklings Studies
  • Classic Literature from ancient times to the present
  • Philology
If you are unsure whether your topic fits, send your proposal or a description of your idea to the listed submissions email below, and we will review it in advance.

Individual Presentations
Whether creative or critical, individual presentations will have 30 minutes — 20 minutes for presentation and 10 for Q&A. (N.B. The “creative” category is not limited to original works but could include presenting or performing art, music, drama, or dance — or even a presentation on how you went about knitting the One Ring into a tea cozy. If you have any questions about what you can present, please contact the submissions email.)

Panels must contain at least 3 papers and/or presenters and will be allocated 90 minutes total for presentations and Q&A.

Workshops must identify their own length (either 30 min, 60 min, or 90 min) and include justification for the requested time. Workshops may be run individually, but it is recommended that a workshop has at least two leaders. (Workshop examples: the knitting of Smaug hats, an interactive discussion on dragon species, etc.)

Papers will be presented in 90-minute sessions of 1 – 3 presenters. Each presenter will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions) to present their paper.

Questions? See “How to Present at Conferences” from our very own Sørina Higgins!


Kris Swank

CFP: The Old English Forum announces these calls for papers for MLA 2022, 6–9 January in Washington, DC.

Session (1)
Broken but Wondrous: Finding Hope in Old English Literature

Old English literature is rarely associated with hope – indeed, much of its poetry is littered with the ruins of lost peoples, frozen and desolate landscapes, meditations on the death of warriors, and ponderous reminders that everything in life is merely lent. But Old English is also replete with insouciant riddles, memories of cities in their prime, and even the promise of consolation, through philosophy, Christianity, or even fame. For this session, we invite papers that consider the place of hope in Old English: how it manifests in language and literature, and how we might escape the elegiac traps of our own nostalgia in studying it. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Mary Kate Hurley ([email protected]) by March 15.

Session (2)
The Politics of Old English: A Round Table

It will have escaped no one’s attention that the field of Old English studies has received a great deal of political scrutiny in recent years. This Round Table seeks to focus attention on the pedagogical dimension and/or consequences of that scrutiny. We invite speakers to give brief presentations on any number of topics relevant to the political aspects of teaching of Old English in the 21st century. These might include such things the “politically retrograde” ways in which Old English is often taught; proposals on how to teach Old English in a way that does not avoid the history of colonization and suppression with which it is intertwined; ways to teach Old English that are better connected to contemporary students and responsive to the political moment; and teaching Global Old English/reframing Old Englishes. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Heide Estes ([email protected]) by March 15.

Session (3)
'Passing from Winter into Winter Again': Ecocritical Approaches and Old English Poetry and Prose

Bede’s famous sparrow in the hall moves from winter to winter, with only a brief period of safety and warmth indoors: climate is represented as a winter briefly and unsuccessfully defended against by the architecture of human civilization. As recent work in ecocriticism has emphasized, early Medieval England represented understanding of the environment well beyond such a paradigm, as is evident in texts ranging from the heroic poetry and elegies to the Wonders of the East to the medicinal recipes, the riddles, and the lives of the saints. This session seeks engagement with ecocriticism and with representation of weather, climate, and the environment in Old English literature. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Susan Kim ([email protected]) or Heide Estes ([email protected]) by March 15.

Session (4)
Collaborative session with allied organization Society for Medieval Feminist Studies
Gendered Violence in Old English Literature

The Old English MLA forum and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship are proposing a jointly-sponsored session on gendered violence in Old English literature. The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between gender and violence in the Middle Ages, with new studies exploring the construction of gender through violence and women as its victims. Gender theory and feminist studies have done much to refine methodologies used in this research, especially in the late Middle Ages. Still, there is a great deal of work to be done in the area of gendered violence, in particular in the literature of the early English era. Some of the questions that panelists in this jointly sponsored session might wish to address include: How/is violence gendered in early medieval English literature? Is there an expressly gendered aspect to violence, or should we be looking at other factors in these investigations? What role does violence play in constructions of gender in these texts? What are the intersections of power and gender in terms of depictions of violence in early English texts? How/is gender featured, understood, interpreted and applied in legal contexts featuring violence? Are there indications of gender as a significant factor in the violence of these texts from an expressly linguistic standpoint? With what other categories of individual, socio-cultural, and political classification does gender intersect in depictions of violence in early medieval English texts? Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Melissa Ridley-Elmes ([email protected]) or David F. Johnson ([email protected]) by March 15, 2021

Panel co-sponsored by the Old English Forum and the Society for Medieval Feminist Studies. This panel is not guaranteed.
Please share widely and consider submitting to one of these panels!

Kris Swank

"What is your favorite novel?"

deadline for submissions:
April 30, 2021

full name / name of organization:
South Central Review

contact email:
[email protected]

During the pandemic, we’ve heard that a lot of people went back to read their favorite novels as comfort and sustenance through the hard times. We at South Central Review have therefore decided to do a special double issue on this topic, scheduled to appear in Fall 2021. We hope to run approximately thirty brief essays (5-8 pages in manuscript form) in which the authors reflect on the literary, artistic, or other merits of the novel in question, why it resonates as it does, and perhaps why it was important at a particular moment in history, or why it remains influential today. We also hope to interview several contemporary novelists and writers about their favorite novels as sources of or inspiration for their own work.

We are inviting SCMLA members to submit essays to Nick Lawrence by email at [email protected]. Our submission deadline for essays is April 30, 2021. We will accommodate as many essays as we can, but obviously there is the possibility that not all submissions can be included. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kris Swank

Extended Deadline: Call for Book Chapters on the Science Fiction of Connie Willis

deadline for submissions:
March 25, 2021

full name / name of organization:
Carissa Turner Smith

contact email:
[email protected]

Doomsday Every Day: Connie Willis’s Science Fiction
Proposals are invited for contributions to an edited collection on the science fiction of Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning writer Connie Willis.
Many readers during the COVID-19 pandemic have noticed the eerie prescience of Willis’s description of the 21st-century outbreak of a mystery illness in Doomsday Book (1992): Americans who resist disease-controlling measures as an infringement of their “civil liberties,” people who insist on inaccurately calling the illness “the Indian flu,” and even toilet paper shortages. Beyond current resonances, however, one of the strengths of Willis’s work, in Doomsday Book and in the rest of her oeuvre, is in her recognition that the world ends every day, “a piece at a time, and our problem is not so much survival as living through it, a different thing altogether” (Willis, Impossible Things 1).
The collection considers the relevance of Willis’s fiction to embodied ethics in the COVID era and beyond. Aside from the more obvious relevance of themes of contagion, trauma, and everyday heroism, the collection will also reflect Willis’s commitment to considering issues from apparently contradictory—including the comic and tragic—perspectives (as she says in an interview, “many of my stories represent an ongoing argument with myself about issues that I find troubling or complicated”).
Suggested essay topics include but are not limited to:
  • Willis, gender, and science fiction
  • Posthumanism in Willis’s short stories
  • Willis and species extinction (or other ecocritical approaches)
  • Technological innovation and ethics in Willis’s fiction
  • Memory and trauma in Willis’s fiction
  • Willis and Hollywood
  • Passage and cognition studies
  • Lincoln’s Dreams, post-2020
  • Willis’s works in conversation with other writers
Contributions on Doomsday Book, Fire Watch, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, and All Seated on the Ground have already been accepted, but these texts may receive additional analysis in theme-focused essays that address multiple works.
Please send proposals including a 250-word abstract and a short contributor biography to Dr. Carissa Turner Smith ([email protected]) by March 25, 2021.
Completed drafts of accepted essays will be due by July 1, 2021.