Each edition of Immanence Journal explores a particular theme.

We are now accepting submissions for Fall 2017 (due out on Halloween, 31 October). The theme will be Rulers and Rebels: What myth, folk, and fairy tales tell us about governance and leadership.

We are particularly interested in pieces from non-U.S. citizens, people of color, and non-liberals. Thoughtful reflection that does not include hate-speech is welcome.

For this issue we are open to short as well as long pieces (up to 4000 words) that link governance to folklore. Got an insight? Send it in!

Submissions close on 15 July 2017. Please view our submissions guidelines below before submitting.

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We are also pleased to announce in advance the theme for our upcoming Spring 2018 issue: Queer Psyche: Non-heteronormative sexuality in myth and folktales. The submissions window for that issue will be 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018, due to be published on 1 May 2018.

Immanence accepts well-written articles, stories, poems, book reviews, and film reviews 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. Contributors are not paid for appearing in Immanence but will receive a copy of the journal upon publication.

Please note: We do NOT accept previously published or posted articles or fiction (contact us about poetry and art).


  • Please read our journal articles or website posts to get a sense of our audience.
  • Our style guide is MLA. We recommend the OWLPurdue site for more information. MLA is our style for page and article layout unless specified differently below (see this page but ignore the classroom specifics). You can also automatically generate MLA citations here.
  • If you quote or paraphrase, the citation information you provide must include page numbers.
  • Submit in English only, although non-English text can be included if translated. Feel free to set your Word document for the language style you are writing in (English-US, English-British, etc.).
  • In your email submission, send us your full contact information. Include an author bio of 150 words or less, which can include a URL or email address if you wish it published.
  • Submissions should be a .doc or .docx file, Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced (no extra spacing between paragraphs, please), with 1-inch margins.
  • Inclusivity: Submissions should be free of subtle sexism, racism, ableism, or heteronormative assumptions. Avoid stereotypes and biased language or images, including about mental illness and physical disabilities. See these guidelines for examples.
  • Submissions requiring extensive editing because of errors in diction, grammar, punctuation, or page layout cannot be published.
  • Email to submissions@immanencejournal.com.


 Articles, personal anecdotes, book or film reviews

  • Please submit no more than one article, personal anecdote, or review per issue.
  • Full-length articles and reviews should not exceed 4,000 words. Articles for columns should be 2,000 words maximum. Personal anecdotes have no lower length requirement.
  • If you would like to provide a book or film review, please send us an inquiry email with the work you want to review. Include a link to the publication (sale site ok, author site preferred) or film. Tell us why you feel the work is relevant to the theme of the issue for which you are submitting. Include a summary of the points you want to cover in the review. We will consider reviews of other media (art, stage productions, music, etc.).
  • Because the very idea of myth is contested, any articles or personal anecdotes submitted must make clear to the reader what you think a myth is.
  • Articles, personal anecdotes, or reviews must be free of excessive jargon. Any specialized language must be explained.
  • Footnotes should be few, used only for clarification/expansion (not citation), and formatted as indicated in MLA guidelines.
  • We invite you to include images relevant to your article if they comply with the guidelines for artwork and images below.


  • You may submit up to three poems per issue.
  • Include an introductory paragraph for each poem explaining how you feel it is relevant to the theme of the issue for which you are submitting.
  • Submit your work as you would like to see it published, including spacing, line breaks, and formatting.
  • You are welcome to include images relevant to your poetry if they comply with the guidelines for images below.

Artwork and Accompanying Images

  • For all: Each piece of art or image submitted should include a caption with the title, artist name, and copyright date.
  • All images should be high-resolution 300 dpi and no bigger than 8” x 10.”
  • Submit each image as an attachment to your email.
  • For original artwork: In your email give us an introduction to your work. Describe the pieces, perhaps how you came to create them, any stories related to them, and the medium.
  • Include a paragraph or two explaining how you feel this artwork is relevant to the theme of the issue for which you are submitting.
  • Tell us where the art has been previously posted or displayed, if anywhere.
  • For images submitted to accompany articles or poetry: Indicate if you created the image or photograph. If not, please provide the source for the image (URL or creator) and provide the name, email address, or link for the creator, and how you have permission to use.

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?