DEADLINE EXTENDED: Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin: Citizen of Mondrath

deadline for submissions: 
May 25, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Mythlore, a journal of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature
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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Mythlore, Fall 2020:

Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin: Citizen of Mondrath

Guest Edited by Melanie A. Rawls


Proposal deadline March 25, Draft deadline June 25, Final paper deadline August 25



Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the genres of myth and fantasy (particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), invites article submissions for a special issue focused on Ursula K. Le Guin, grandmaster of mythopoeic fantasy.

We welcome essays on the following topics: Le Guin’s Earthsea series, the three novels of the “Annals of the Western Shore,” namely Gifts, Voices, and Powers, the young adult novel The Beginning Place, and her fantasy short stories.

Le Guin’s masterwork Always Coming Home has a special place in Mythopoeic Society history, as it was the topic of a panel when she was Guest of Honor at Mythcon 19 in 1988. Though this work is not considered strictly fantasy, it clearly has mythopoeic elements, and we welcome articles on this text

Other potential topics for articles include:

  • Good and evil in Le Guin’s worlds
  • Gender
  • Power and its uses and abuses
  • Jungian and Taoist elements in Le Guin’s writing

We also call for articles on her critical essays that examine mythopoeic writing and any of her poetry or non-fantasy writing that has mythopoeic themes and imagery. We welcome articles that explore Le Guin’s influence on the fantasy genre as a whole and on other writers, as well as articles exploring how other writers influenced Le Guin (Le Guin claimed Philip K. Dick and Walter M. Miller as influences in an interview).


To get an idea of the range of topics covered in Mythlore, visit the online archive at

and consult the electronic index, which can be downloaded free at Submission guidelines can be found at


Send queries, questions, and proposals to Melanie A. Rawls,

Drafts and final papers should be submitted via