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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Mallorn is published using MHRA style. We do not require initial submissions to conform to this style, and we will work with writers to format everything properly once their contribution has been accepted for publication. For more information about MHRA, please see the online guide.

In addition to your contribution, you should provide an abstract and brief autobiographical note.

Please note that Mallorn does not accept fiction at this time.

The following list describes the different types of material Mallorn usually accepts. If your submission does not meet this
criteria, feel free to send a letter of inquiry. We also recommend contacting Amon Hen, the other publication from the Tolkien Society regarding any writing that does not fall within the guidelines listed here:


This section includes scholarly articles on Tolkien, his life and times, his works, his influence, the works of his colleagues and so on. Articles typically include a number of references to scholarly material (which should be provided inline as much as possible). These submissions go through peer review (see explanation of the peer review proccess below), so please be patient while we consider your article.


These are shorter research pieces, usually covering a topic of interest to the Tolkien community. They are most suitable for extensions or updates on previously published research, descriptions of projects that have important insight but did not lead to a full article, descriptions of new resources for Tolkien scholars, presentation of new Tolkien-related material that may be built on by further research. These are reviewed by the editor, but are not typically peer-reviewed.


Reviews of books, films, theatre shows, art, websites, radio, exhibitions, anything of possible interest to readers of Mallorn in the widest sense. These are not sent through peer review.

Letters to the Editor

These may discuss material previously published in Mallorn or elsewhere.

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