The Mythic Circle
A literary magazine publishing original short fiction, poetry, and artwork


The Mythic Circle is on the lookout for original stories and poems. We are also looking for artists interested in illustrating poems and stories.

What is The Mythic Circle? We are a small literary magazine published by the Mythopoeic Society, which celebrates the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams. These adventuresome writers drew upon a rich imaginative tradition encompassing writers as different as Homer and H. G. Wells.

The Mythic Circle exists primarily for the benefit of writers trying to develop their craft in the Mythopoeic tradition. It publishes short fiction, poetry, and artwork (mostly illustrations of stories and poems). We have, as yet, no hard and fast length limits, but as a small publication, we must think very well of a story more than 5,000 words long to publish it. Shorter stories have a better chance. By editorial policy we favor our subscribers.

We look mostly for original work by authors following in the Mythopoeic tradition; this can include a certain amount of commentary and allusion to the works of other Mythopoeic authors (though such allusions and commentary are not necessary). We do not, however, wish to see "fan fiction" — stories that make use of characters and settings drawn from works by living or recently deceased authors whose material remains protected under copyright law.

Works submitted on paper should be typed and double spaced and should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of manuscript. Email submissions are also encouraged and are likely to get a faster reply. Simultaneous submissions should be clearly identified as such. It is our policy to respond individually to each submission.

As a small literary publication, we do not pay money. We can only reward our authors and illustrators with one complimentary copy of the issue in which the accepted work appears. Authors retain all rights to their submissions, except for the specific rights given to for initial publication in The Mythic Circle, future reprints of that issue in print or electronic (including online) formats, and distribution of The Mythic Circle to third party database partners which may be arranged by The Mythopoeic Society.

Submissions and letters of comment should be sent to:

Editor of Mythic Circle

The Mythic Circle 38, summer 2016: $8.00, print

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