Guidelines revised on December 15, 2017. Please review before submitting. We will not accept contributions that do not conform to these guidelines. We are staffed by volunteers who don’t have time to do extensive line editing. Thank you.
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Submissions are now open. Theme for Spring/Summer 2019: Earthspeech: Stories for a Planet in Transition. The deadline for submissions will be January 31, 2019.
Theme for Fall/Winter 2019: Reimagining the Heroic. The deadline for submissions will be July 15, 2019.
Submissions guidelines are in two parts. All guidelines must be met by contributors in order for a submission to be reviewed by our editors. Submissions not meeting all guidelines will be returned or rejected at the Journal’s discretion.
Part 1: In-house style guidelines. Click here to review.
Part 2: Content guidelines. The guidelines below apply to all types of submissions. See Part 1 for additional guidelines for each type of submission.
Immanence accepts well-written articles, stories, poetry, book and film reviews, as well as visual and performance art, and music illuminating the ongoing relevance of myth, legend, and folklore, ancient or modern, for how we live today. Upon finishing your work the reader should feel, “Aha! Now I see how these stories, images, and motifs apply to specific situations I encounter.”‘
Although Immanence gladly welcomes contributions from scholars, educators, and specialists, we also publish high-quality work from writers outside academia or new to publication. We like a good story. Send us something mythic.
- Please read our journal articles or website blog posts here to get a sense of our audience.
- Inclusivity: Submissions should be free of subtle sexism (including generic male pronouns). Avoid stereotypes and biased language or images about gender, mental illness, physical disabilities, and non-neurotypical individuals (see this link for more information). Scroll down this page at the Purdue OWL site for examples of stereotypical and biased language.
- Because the very idea of myth is contested, any articles, personal anecdotes, or reviews submitted must make clear to the reader what you think a myth is.
- Contact us for a list of editors we recommend.
Guidelines for Cultural Consciousness
Immanence strives to recognize and emphasize important differences between cultural exchange (a fact of life as long as humans have been around) and cultural appropriation: the wholesale mining and distorting of other people’s tales and traditions. We use the following guidelines to promote the former while discouraging the latter:
- If a myth or legend you write about comes from a culture you were not born into, make sure what you write is respectful and appreciative. This includes stating where the version you write about came from.
- For an academic article, briefly situate your social location and that of the perspectives you employ: for example, male African American middle-class writer using a Critical Theory framework; Brazilian female scholar using a Jungian lens; etc. The reader needs to know where you stand.
- An occasional habit within depth psychology and some schools of cultural anthropology and comparative religion has been to interpret people’s myths, legends, and folklore with an appropriative confidence: “This is what it means!” The alternative we suggest is to keep interpretive remarks tentative and framed as, “This is what the tale brings up for me.”
- If you have the chance to, it can be worthwhile to find out how people in that culture interpret the story you work with. At the same time, do not assume that everyone in their cultural group shares their interpretation.
- Additionally, it would be interesting for readers to know a bit about how the story’s cultural group is currently telling the story (e.g., Nuwa showing up in climate discussions in China; contemporary Navajo activist references to the heroic Nayenezgani).
- We will not publish any material derived from current esoteric rituals or private sacred practices. These belong to the people who use them, even when they share them with you.
- When writing about commonalities across myths—for example, Wisdom as manifesting in figures like Sophia, Athena, and Saraswati—be careful to preserve the uniqueness of the myths. No story can be reduced to an archetype.
Author Self-Inquiry Questions
Before submitting, you should be able to supply an honest “Yes” to all of these self-inquiry questions:
- Will what I submit awaken, invigorate, or enrich other people?
- Have I asked someone whose opinion I respect to read my contribution and offer comments?
- Does it energize me when I read it?
- Have I ever received professional editorial feedback on my writing? Do I know the basics?
- Can I meet deadlines?
- Can I accept constructive editorial criticism?
- Does my creative writing conjure fresh images and impressions?
- Have I substantiated my claims and grounded my leaps of intuition? Have I anticipated obvious arguments against the positions I take?
- Is my writer’s voice unconstrained by cliché phrasings, outworn ideas, stereotypes, and rigid ideological positions?
- Am I interested in offering a fresh perspective on the importance of Story for how consciously we live?
Please also review our In-house Style Guide here.