Mythopoeic Society Nomination!

I received a delightful email this week beginning “I am very pleased to inform you that your publication, The Chapel of the Thorn edition, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies.” The Mythopoeic Awards are probably the most prestigious prizes in the fields of Inklings scholarship, and take a look at this amazing list!

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists Announced

What an enormous honor, pleasure, and surprise it is for Chapel of the Thorn to be listed next to these heavy-hitters:

  • Christopher Tolkien, ed. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

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Anyway, I won’t be able to go to Mythcon this year, but I hope you can, and may the best book win!

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.
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12 Responses to Mythopoeic Society Nomination!

  1. Hanna says:

    That’s so exciting! Congratulations!


  2. Stephen Barber says:

    Congratulations Sorina.


  3. Richard Johnston says:



  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Excellent – congratulations!

    And what a good year for textual editors! (Looking back, editions were only nominated in 1999, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2015, with previously unpublished works only in 1999 and 2000 – Roverandom, winning on the second time round – and 2015: Beowulf, for the first time…: what company, indeed!)


  5. Congratulations…!!!


  6. May I add my own congratulations to those above. My own belief is that the Inklings are prophets who take us to a deeper place than the sterile conflict between Enlightenment Rationalism and Fundamentalism, both of which are expressions of the modernism (the kingdom that Miraz tried to build) that they gloriously critiqued just as Aslan wreaks havoc in Miraz’s construction at the end of Prince Caspian.
    You are not just making a contribution to scholarship as you draw our attention to Charles Williams once again, important though that is, but a contribution to the life of humankind and the glory of God.


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