Submissions

Note: the themes and submissions periods for upcoming issues are below!

What is Eternal Haunted Summer? EHS is an ezine dedicated to 1) original poetry and 2) short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. We feature 3) reviews of books, graphic novels, academic journals, magazines, movies, plays, and so forth which have a Pagan focus, or which otherwise might interest our Pagan readership. And 4) interviews with established and new Pagan authors, or authors of texts that interest a Pagan audience. And finally, 5) essays concerning the Gods, Goddesses, heroes, myths and folklore of the world.

What do we mean by “original?” The submission must not have been previously published in hardcopy, or on another ezine, or website, or blog. Since people often discuss their writing on email lists and messageboards, we do not consider that previous publication. That is, if your poem or story or review has only appeared on email lists or messageboards, we still consider it original.

What are the Submission Guidelines? We’re looking for hymns to Odin and Inanna and Sekhmet. Prayers to Hermes and Brigid and Asherah. Short stories featuring (or otherwise referencing) Lugh and Yinepu and Hekate. Every poetic form, from sonnet to rhyming couplet to free form, is acceptable. There is no set length. Any genre of short story is welcome, from mystery to fantasy to true lifeish to reimaginings of classic myths, provided the Deities and heroes are treated respectfully (no bashing someone else’s Gods, please!). There is no length limit, but if you are planning to write a novella, please discuss that with the editors of EHS in advance; any story over 5000 words will likely be serialized across two or more issues.

Poems or stories that feature Deities from pantheons generally considered to be outside the Pagan umbrella, but which are still from polytheistic traditions — such as a poem to the Hawaiian Pele or a short story focusing on the Shinto Amaterasu-omikami — are absolutely welcome. The wider the diversity of traditions represented, the happier the editors are.

We are also interested in reviews of: classic works of literature (such as new translations of The Eddas or The Iliad); books about the ancient world; books by modern Pagan authors about contemporary Paganism/s; academic journals and popular magazines that deal with Pagan themes or issues of interest to Pagans, such as The Journal of Feminist Studies in ReligionBiblical Archaeology Review and witches&pagans; and comic books and graphic novels.

We are also interested in essays which address the nature of the Deities, the mythologies of the various pantheons, folklore, ritual, et cetera and et cetera. So, for example, we would be keen to read your essay on Hermanubis and how He relates to Hermes and Anubis. Or, your essay examining primary sources for The Cailleach. Or, a discussion of the evolution of Veles from (benevolent) God of the Underworld to (Christian) demon and how Polish and Slavic Pagans are resurrecting His worship.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.

What we do not want: anything about Atlantis, Mu, UFOs, aliens, or subterranean civilizations. No gore or excessive violence. Sexual content will be judged on a submission by submission basis. No plagiarism. We trust you to be honest. If we discover that a submission has been plagiarized it will be rejected; if the discovery is made after publication, the submission will be removed and payment must be refunded to EHS. And be prepared to be stomped by the Fates for your poor character.

While we have no doubt that everything you have written is absolutely amazing, please limit yourself to three poems; or one short story; or three reviews per acceptance period. Please send all submissions as a .rtf or .txt or .doc attachment (.docx if you have no other option), or in the body of the email (with Poem or Fiction or Review or Essay in the subject line), to us at lyradora@yahoo.com during the acceptance period.

Note: Upcoming Themes!

The Summer Solstice 2018 issue will be our last non-themed issue for the foreseeable future. Going forward, each issue will focus on a different theme.

Winter 2018: The Dark Spirits of Winter. Submission Period: 1 November through 1 December 2018. We’re looking for poems about Father Frost, Jack Frost, the Snow Queen, and Old Man Winter. We want short stories about Boreas the Northern Wind, Cailleach Bheur, and Frau Holle. We want essays about Khione, Krampus, and Saturn. Alternatively, send us a piece about the “shadow side” of Deities and spirits associated with the holiday, such as Ganesh (Pancha Ganapati), Mithras, and Sol Invictus (Dies Natalis Sol Invictus).

Summer 2019: The Planets and Stars. Submission Period: 1 May through 1 June 2019. We’re looking for poems, short stories, and essays which discuss the intersection between the Gods, spirits, mythology, planets, and stars. For example, a poem about Mercury as God and planet and astrological element; a poem about the Star card of the tarot; a poem about Inanna as the Morning Star and the planet Venus; a short story about the Dioskuroi as twin Gods and as the constellation Gemini; a short story about the Pole Star/North Star; an essay about Ninurta in Babylonian astrology; an essay about how different planets have been and are associated with different Deities; and so on. Please note that we are not interested in material about the Sun or Moon, or associated Deities or mythology.

Winter 2019: The Americas. Submission Period: 1 November through 1 December 2019. We’re looking for poems, short stories, and essays about both the many indigenous spiritualities of the Americas, and those which have been born or evolved here; e.g., African Diaspora Traditions, American-born Wiccan traditions, Feri Tradition, Santa Muerte, devotion to Goddesses such as Libertas/Statue of Liberty, and so on. Send us poems about the kachina Angwusnasomtaka, the loa Baron Kriminel, and the Heavenly Mother of the LDS. Send us short fiction centered on a heroine who practices Kemetic Orthodoxy, or a young man reviving the traditions of his Cherokee/Tsalagi ancestors, or someone undergoing initiation into Palo. Send us essays about Thelema, the misuse of Voudou in pop culture, the philosophy of Discordianism, or the polytheism of Moana; we are particularly interested in essays in which practitioners explain little-known and deeply-misunderstood traditions. The Americas are large, with varied civilizations dating back thousands of years; as such, this is a very broad topic. If you are not sure if your work is a good fit, query first and we’ll let you know if we’re interested.

Summer 2020: Holy Days. Submission Period: 1 May through 1 June 2020. Every tradition has its holy days, sacred festivals, and important dates. Send us poems about Beltane, Dia de Muertos, Walpurgisnacht, and Diwali. Send us short fiction set during Anthesteria, Samhain, and Saturnalia. Send us essays about honoring Artemis and Pan for Arbor Day, how to avoid consumer madness during Yule, the recognition of (non-monotheist) holy days by school districts, and the portrayal of particular holy days in literature.

[Reviews do not have to be in line with the issue’s theme.]

We do not buy or accept submissions ahead of time. If you are uncertain if your submission will fit an upcoming theme, yes, please query; e.g., if you wrote an essay about your experience as a tourist who had a mystical encounter in Mexico City during Dia de Muertos, feel free to email the editor at any time to see if it will fit the Summer 2020 Holy Days theme.  

If your work is accepted for the Summer issue, you will be notified no later than 10 June. If it is accepted for the Winter issue, you will be notified no later than 10 December. Yes, you will also be notified if your work is declined, and, if possible, we will provide some critical feedback; but we may not always be able to do so. If you do not hear from us by either of those dates, please query; the net pixies may have eaten your submission, and we would hate to miss anything truly wonderful.

Now for the itty-bitty disclaimer: we reserve the right to edit accepted pieces for clarity. In other words, we’ll correct any misspellings or other typographical errors, and occasionally break up run-on sentences. If we have to make a significant number of such editorial corrections, we will send the piece back to you for approval before it goes live.

Do we pay? You betcha. EHS will pay a flat rate of $5 for an original piece. We retain first electronic publishing rights. After the piece moves to the archives and the new issue is posted, all rights revert to the author. (Although, don’t you think a hardcopy omnibus edition a year down the road would be pretty cool? Keep that in mind.) Payment will be made via PayPal. No checks or cash. If you do not have a PayPal account, payment may be made in the form of an online gift certificate to the merchant of your choice.

If your submission is long enough that it must be run across several consecutive issues, it will be treated as distinct pieces. That is, if it runs across three issues, you will be paid $15 total. If you would like to run a serial piece, please consult the editors ahead of time; we prefer to have the entire piece completed before the first part appears.

Sign up to be a reviewer! EHS has free books and other texts available for review. Check the FaceBook page or email the editor for any titles that may interest you. If you agree to write a review, you must write the review (like, d’uh). And that review should be honest. If you cannot write the review, for whatever reason, the text must be returned to EHS in the same condition in which it was received, or passed along to another reviewer. Be aware that the free text constitutes payment; no additional reimbursement will be made.
 
Any other comments, concerns, questions, profound thoughts? Please email us at lyradora@yahoo.com. And may the Gods and Goddesses watch over all your creative endeavors.
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22 thoughts on “Submissions”

  1. Shirley Clark said:

    How do I actually submit a poem or story to you?

  2. So, .doc files are acceptable after all? Because in the above guidelines you only mention .rtf and .txt but the reply to a previous comment mentions .doc as well. Could you please clarify? Also, 5000 words ok for short story?

    Thank you

    • Yes, .doc files are acceptable. I don’t particularly like .docx files, but I will take those, too. I’m updating the guidelines above to reflect that.

      Stories of 5000 words are fine. Anything longer would likely be serialized across two or more issues.

  3. The deadline changes might make me go slack… kidding!! I will work hard as ever for your beautiful Ezine

  4. Do you accept any artwork too?
    Thanks.

  5. What is the deadline for the summer issue?

  6. Do you by chance publish Pagan Novels?

    • Unfortunately, no; we only accept short submissions for Eternal Haunted Summer. There are a number of Pagan and Pagan-friendly publishers out there, however, including Moon Books, Spero Publishing, Llewellyn, and others. You might look into those, but carefully read any contract before you sign it!

  7. Do you accept simultaneous submissions? I didn’t find anything in the guidelines in a sense or another. thanks.

  8. cboatner said:

    Do you mean Summer 2018 on your Upcoming Themes post? It says Summer 2019–please clarify. Thanks–

    Lorraine

    • Nope, Summer 2019. 🙂 The upcoming issue (Summer 2018) will be our last *non-themed* issue for the foreseeable future. We’re switching over to themed issues for Winter 2018 (the dark spirits of winter), and going forward.

  9. So if I wanted to submit to the Summer 2019 Stars and Planets theme, would I submit this April-June 2018 or next year April-June 2019?

    Thanks–Lorraine

  10. cboatner said:

    Can I submit now for the Summer 2019 Planets & Stars issue, or should I wait for next year? PLMK–thanks.

    Lorraine

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