SWOSU releases new issue of fantasy journal
The new subscription-only issue of The Mythic Circle (#42) recently went on sale online, and several Southwestern Oklahoma State University faculty in Weatherford are now playing a part in the long-time publication.
This is the first issue of the annual publication produced by members of the SWOSU Language & Literature Department and released by the Al Harris Library. The Mythic Circle is available in print through Amazon.
The magazine, which has been in print since 1987, is sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society, which celebrates the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.
“It’s been an exciting project to continue the nearly 50-year tradition of creative writing in mythically-inspired poetry, fiction and art,” said Co-Editor and SWOSU Professor Dr. Victoria Gaydosik, “And adding audio to the journal really brings us into the realm of digital publication. I look forward to celebrating various anniversaries in forthcoming issues.”
Issue #42 is the first issue co-edited by Gaydosik and Poetry Editor Dr. Nolan Meditz, assistant professor at SWOSU. Gaydosik and Meditz were given creative control of the publication during the 50th anniversary Mythopoeic Society Conference held in 2019 in San Diego.
“Reading through and selecting the poems for our first issue at the helm of Mythic Circle was an honor,” Meditz said. “It is my hope that we can continue providing a platform for mythopoeic expression while uplifting new voices working in the genre.”
This issue includes cover and interior art by SWOSU students Athalie Genesis, Kialey Varaksin and Jillian Drinnon. It is also the first to include audio files for each story and poem, read by authors, professional readers and by SWOSU faculty and staff. The issue will be behind a paywall for one year, but every issue through #41 is available via the SWOSU digital archive for free. The literary magazine publishes annually on August 1, or in time for the Mythopoeic Society conference, which happens around that time each year.
The SWOSU Libraries is the repository for the Mythopoeic Society and its publications, including Mythprint and Mythlore, in addition to The Mythic Circle. The archive is overseen by SWOSU’s Phillip Fitzsimmons, reference and digitization librarian, and Ben Dressler, technician. The archive has reached readers in 195 countries, and 168,411 society publications have been downloaded from the SWOSU archive since July 2017.
“I am gratified by the success of the SWOSU Digital Commons in making these scholarly and creative fantasy publications available internationally,” Fitzsimmons said. “It gives me great pleasure to contribute to the Mythopoeic Society by acting as its archivist.”
People can subscribe to the magazine by going to: https://dc.swosu.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=mcircle
Contributors can submit poems, stories, comics and illustrations for future issues (preferably PDF, but can handle jpg, tiff--common file types) at either of these addresses:
Authors/artists retain copyright over their works. Paper copies are delivered to the addresses provided by contributors.
For additional information, contact Gaydosik at email@example.com.
By SWOSU Public Relations