Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

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

Kris Swank

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.

Brenton Dickieson

New Member
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.

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Kris Swank

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]>

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]

Kris Swank

The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
A volume in the Cormarë Series by Walking Tree Publishers
Edited by Julian Eilmann & Will Sherwood

Send an abstract (ca. 300 words) with a brief biography/bibliography by May 31st, 2020 JUNE 30, 2020 to [email protected] and [email protected] . The list of contributions will be finalized until the middle of June 2020.
Papers should be handed in by December 31st, 2020. Publication language is English.

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Kat Sas

Lands and Environments: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Writers are invited to explore the concept of world-building in all its forms and presentations, from an angle of their choosing, and its developments in SFF literature, games, movies and TV.
We want to include all sorts of land and environment: entire worlds, natural landscapes, towns, cities, spaceships, houses, etc.
Closing Date: 30th of October 2020.

Kris Swank

Call for Submissions: Articles, creative writing, reviews and visual art relating to fairy tales, fantasy and speculative fiction

The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction seeks articles, book reviews and creative writing relating to literary and historical approaches to fairy tales, fantasy, Gothic, magic realism, science fiction and speculative fiction for Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester.

Word count guidelines:
  • Long (c.8,000 words) or short (c.3,000 words) articles. Word counts include referencing and citation.
  • Book reviews: c.1,000 words
  • Short fiction – max. 3000 words (one story or several).
  • Poetry – max. four poems to a total of no more than 4 pages/240 lines.
Long poems, traditional forms, flash fictions and experimental creative writing are all equally encouraged.

All written submissions must be sent as a single Word .doc or .rtf attachment to the editorial board via the Editorial Assistant Heather Robbins at [email protected].

We also invite submissions of original artwork (painting, illustration, photography, other digital media, etc), sent as colour image files, along with a brief (300 words max, artist’s statement). Images may be used as a feature section, or to complement critical and creative texts, as per the editors’ discretion.

The next deadline for submissions is 21 September 2020. If you would like to receive a complimentary e-book of the most recent issue to check content and style, please request one from assistant Heather Robbins ([email protected]).

Submissions should be accompanied by a separate file with the title, a 100-word abstract and a brief (100 words) biographical note. Relevant colour image files, along with copyright permission, may also be supplied at this stage. Only original submissions that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Unrevised student essays or theses cannot be considered. Submissions must include all quotations, endnotes, and the list of works cited. References should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

For contributions that include any copyrighted materials, the author must secure written permission (specifying “non-exclusive world rights and electronic rights”) to reproduce them. The author must submit these written permissions with their final manuscript. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.

Kris Swank

The Year’s Work in Medievalism 34 (2019): Intersections

The thematic focus for Issue 34 (2019) of The Year’s Work in Medievalism is intersections.
Medievalism studies sit at numerous crossroads; many works of medievalism bridge multiple
traditional boundaries, whether of discipline, genre, historicism, medium, mode, and more. We
therefore invite submissions, both scholarly and creative, that address, explore, contextualize, or
otherwise grapple with intersections and intersectionality within the field. Contributions arising
from the 2019 meeting of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism are also welcome.

The Year’s Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary
and interdisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in
post-medieval times. We welcome submissions in English covering all aspects of medievalism,
including traditional essay-style submissions that are 3,000-4,000 words (including notes) in
length, as well as creative works.

Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2020.

Submissions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to both Renée Ward
([email protected]) and Valerie Johnson ([email protected]). Please follow the
journal style sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.

Kris Swank

CFP: Leeds 2021 International Medieval Congress -- Tolkien Sessions

The overall theme of the conference will be Climates - https://

Please see attached flyer for Tolkien session details.

Paper proposals (title and abstract) due by 6th September 2020 to Dr. Andrew Higgins ([email protected]) • Length of abstracts: 100 words (max!) • Papers will be 15-20 minutes long • With your abstract, please include name and details of contributor (affiliation, address, and preferred e-mail address)


Kris Swank

CfP for the New Chaucer Society's new journal, New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession!
Don't hesitate to submit something for Issue 2 (#MeToo) or Issue 3 (Open Topic)

Essays of up to 3,000 words are due September 1, 2020.


Kris Swank

CfP : the 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, 2021), which takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

You are invited to make one paper proposal to one session of papers: that might be to one of the Sponsored or Special Sessions listed here as a session of papers, which are organized by colleagues around the world, OR to General Sessions, which are organized by the Program Committee in Kalamazoo. You may propose an unlimited number of contributions to roundtables, panel discussions, and poster sessions, but you will not be scheduled to actively participate in more than three sessions.

All proposals must be made through the Confex system, where the sessions are grouped by format. The proposal portal will open later in July 2020.

The deadline for paper proposals and for proposals for posters and contributions to roundtables and panel discussions is Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Kris Swank

CFP “Classical Reception in Tolkien”
The forthcoming publication of Tolkien and the Classical World (Walking Tree Press) opens the door to many opportunities for the study of the reception of the classical world (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. We hope to expand this body of research with a special edition of Thersites dedicated to ‘Classical Reception in Tolkien’ to be published in Fall 2022.

While there is no doubt that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as well as the mythology and worldbuilding behind it, is entrenched in Nordic mythology, linguistics, and Christianity, Tolkien himself stated that he “...was brought up in the Classics, and first discovered the sensation of literary pleasure in Homer” (Tolkien Letters #142). From the similarities between the Dioscuri and Elladan and Elrohir (Branchaw 2010), to amatory motifs in the portrayal of Eowyn (Moreno 2007), to the influences of the myth of Ajax on the sons of Denethor (Moreno 2005), it is not hard to find kernels of the ancient world scattered throughout Tolkien’s body of work, furthering the illusion that his worldbuilding simply extends the history, culture and literature of the Mediterranean. Intriguingly, Tolkien’s religious background may have prevented him from fully embracing the classical heritage, with tensions detectable in his handling of religious and mythical motifs traceable to pre-Christian antiquity.

Thersites is seeking 300 word abstracts (plus a bibliography) on the reception of the Classical World (broadly defined) in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Papers should be original and unpublished elsewhere. Ideal length of the final paper is 10,000 words (plus bibliography), with some leeway either way. Abstracts are due by November 1, 2020 to Maciej Paprocki and Alicia Matz at [email protected]. Applicants will be notified by mid-December 2020 of acceptance. Feel free to reach out to the co-editors at the email above with any questions or concerns.