So you want to be in Mnemosyne


…and we’d love to have you, but first take a moment to learn a little bit about us. Read the magazine, read our mission statement and make sure that this is the venue for you.

Researchers: If you are a seasoned principal investigator with a lot of experience writing for the general public, please consider inviting one of your graduate students or postdoctoral researchers to contribute an article, rather than submitting one yourself. While we are always eager to hear from experts in the fields which captivate us, one of the main missions of Mnemosyne is to give emerging researchers a chance to develop their ability to communicate their ideas to a general audience. For those students who might want a little help or feedback in this endeavor, we offer a free online workshop.

Attention: Fabulous prizes! 
Beginning with issue #2, three submitters per issue will win their choice of a Mnemosyne tote bag or t-shirt, featuring art from one of our contributors. Winners will be randomly selected from all those whose submissions meet the guidelines detailed below. Your article does not need to be accepted for publication to win. Only one contest entry will be considered per submitter.


General guidelines for all submissions:


Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed. The editors reserve the right to modify all submission guidelines at any time.

It must be an unpublished, original work.

It must be entirely your own work.

You must own the copyright to the work. This doesn’t mean you have to have the copyright registered with the government; under the international Berne Convention, your work is copyrighted as soon as you write it, until you assign those rights to someone else (don’t ever do that!). Just don’t try to submit something you didn’t create.

Works with multiple authors or multiple copyright holders will not be considered unless all relevant parties agree in writing to the submission.

You must agree to our limited license to display your work.

The work must be appropriate for a moderately well-educated general audience (think college undergraduates).

The work should be consistent with the general theme of Mnemosyne. Appropriate topics include (but aren’t limited to):

  • the nature of identity: “who am I?”
  • theory of mind: “how can I know that others think as I do?”
  • the Other mind: not everything does think as we do
  • sleep and dreams and their relationship to waking consciousness
  • memory: where does it come from? where does it go?
  • memory beyond mind: genes, language, culture, history
  • emergent minds: complexity, chaos and agent-based systems
  • artificial intelligence

Issue #2 will be focused on the topics of sleep and dreams. We may include other content, but you have a better chance of getting your work accepted for that issue if you keep this in mind.

We are artists and scientists who enjoy stretching the accepted boundaries. If you have an idea for an article which doesn’t exactly fit into the framework we’ve described here, but which you think might be right for Mnemosyne, please read the specific guidelines for your content (see below) and follow the link labeled: submit a project proposal.

Before you submit anything, please see the following links for specific submission guidelines for your particular content:
Short fiction (stories, plays, poetry)
Short nonfiction (essays, movie and book reviews, etc.)
Art (sculpture, painting, photography, video, audio, interactive and dynamic media)

Your final submission must be received by March 1st, 2012 to be considered for issue #2. If you wish to have the opportunity to revise and resubmit, you should get your submission to us several weeks earlier.

It is a good idea to submit a project proposal before you go through all the work involved in writing an article. If your proposal is accepted, you can develop your article in our free writers’ workshop. The workshop is not required, but if you are not an experienced writer of this kind of material the workshop will probably help you to produce a work suitable for publication. You can find the link to submit a proposal on the fictionnonfiction and art guidelines pages.

Articles published in Mnemosyne can be accompanied by a link to your personal or business site. If you choose to do this, we request that you include a reciprocal link to Mnemo Press or to Mnemosyne magazine. The editors of Mnemosyne reserve the right to omit or remove links to sites that we deem to be inappropriate or offensive. In this case, we will attempt to contact you to notify you of the link’s removal.