The Mythic Circle solicits original fantasy-inspired stories and poems from the membership of the Mythopoeic Society and from the larger world. We are also looking for original visual art contributions in the form of jpeg or other suitable file formats.
As a small online literary magazine, The Mythic Circle is published electronically by the Mythopoeic Society, an organization which celebrates the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams. These innovative writers drew upon the rich imaginative tradition of fantasy literature stretching from Homer and H. G. Wells, and they returned fantasy to a respectable place in adult literature.
The Mythic Circle exists primarily for the benefit of writers and artists trying to develop their craft in the mythic tradition. Regarding length limits, the editors must think very well of a contribution more than 5000 words long to publish it. By editorial policy, we favor our subscribers.
The editors look mostly for original work by authors following the mythic tradition; this can include a certain amount of commentary and allusion to the works of other mythic authors (though such allusions and commentary are not necessary). However, the editors do not wish to see "fan fiction” such as stories that make use of characters, settings, or images from works by living or recent artists or any works still under copyright.
Submissions and letters of comment should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a small literary publication, we do not pay cash for contributions. The copyright for works published in The Mythic Circle remains with the author or artist, except for the specific rights given for publication in The Mythic Circle, for future reprints of a particular issue in print or electronic (including online) formats, and for distribution of The Mythic Circle to third party database partners. Artists can request that a watermark be placed upon the digital image in the SWOSU archive, but such watermarks must be specifically requested or they may not be inserted.
For more information, check the society’s website at http://www.mythsoc.org/.
Current Issue: Issue 41 (2019)
In #41, The Mythic Circle welcomes seven authors new to our pages. Lawrence Buentello debuts with a supernatural story of deceit and revenge. David Rogers explores the territory between nihilism and naiveté in a contemporary setting. Meg Moseman, Anum Sattar, Ted Snyder, Chad Chisholm, and Pawel Markievitz all offer poems in varying styles and settings.
Also we are happy to see some familiar names. Kevan Bowkett returns, this time offering, in prose, a poignant story of love and honor, playing out in an exotic mythological setting, and in verse, a humorous vignette from the life of a hero who knows what he wants and how to get it. In Janet Brennan Croft’s poem, a satisfied customer of the therapeutic culture expresses her views, but perhaps the therapist should beware. Janet also provided photographic artwork for the front and back cover, and also for some inner pages, resonating thematically with the themes of the issue. S. Dornan returns with another adventure of Mark Twain as he wanders in time, this time encountering C. S. Lewis as both observe and comment on an astronomical event that had its impact on both Kepler ’s youth and the course of Western civilization. Ryder W. Miller ’s story speaks especially to those of us who feel like prehistoric creatures these days.
In his poem, Lamar Johnson provides another excerpt from his creation mythology. Ron Boyer offers four poems on the spiritual side of nature. Pawel Markievitz presents a manifesto designed to draw off the energies which the short-sighted have devoted to ineffectual causes and channel them in more positive directions.
My dreamy manifesto under the starry sky - cometward
- Gwenyth E. Hood, Marshall University