Author Archives: Melissa Ridley Elmes

About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.

Publication updates: new poems and CNF out; work long and shortlisted for prizes and forthcoming; latest news on Ethics in the Arthurian Legend!

Hello, all! I’ve been busily grading and getting the Spring semester concluded (and balancing that with cancer treatments) and so have been remiss in sharing some recent publications and good news. Without further ado, if you like what I make … Continue reading

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Get Your Annual Mammograms, and Get Genetic Testing #BreastCancerAwareness

Statistically, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Per the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer globally and represents 1 in 4 of all cancers in women. It is … Continue reading

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The Rhysling Award

I’ve learned today that two of my poems were nominated for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling Award for best speculative poem in the short category. What a delightful surprise! The first of these is a personal … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal! Ethics in the Arthurian Legend

Absolutely thrilled with this stunning final cover design for our forthcoming volume on Ethics in the Arthurian Legend. Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to 2022

While it was most definitely not all happiness and sunshine and glitter and rainbows, on the whole 2022 brought more positive than negative in our lives, for which I am grateful. Continue reading

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Black Friday Sale through Sunday 11/27: Arthurian Things is 40% off!

Hello all! Just popping in to let you know that Myth Mart is having a Black Friday sale through November 27. All titles are 40% off with the code blackfriday2022 . That means Arthurian Things is currently 40% off now … Continue reading

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“The Haunted and the Possessed” now available!

If you’re not quite ready to let go of spooky season yet (or, like me, firmly believe every day is a good day for a good ghost story or tale of demonic possession–or hey, even better, why not both at … Continue reading

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Part 3 of “When the Elves Are Gone” now available!

If you have been reading “When the Elves Are Gone” over at World of Myth, I’m happy to share that the third and final part is now available! you can read it here: And here are parts 1 and … Continue reading

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Lost Notebooks and Second First Pages

About a year ago, I lost nearly 100 pages of drafting towards a project I had been trying to lay track for for many years, when the notebook I was writing it in went missing. (I know, I know. In … Continue reading

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“When the Elves Are Gone” part two now up at World of Myth! And other writing updates

Hello! Last month, I shared the publication journey of my short story, “When the Elves Are Gone” along with the link to the first part, published in the August issue of World of Myth magazine. I’m happy to report that … Continue reading

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