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 Religion, Biblical 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.
Beginning with the Winter 2018 issue, we will also have a Special Feature section. Please note that the Special Feature section is invite-only and is not open to general submissions.
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 email@example.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 2023: Horror. Submission Period: 1 November through 1 December 2023. Fear. Trepidation. Terror and revulsion. Send us your best scary poems and stories inspired by the world’s polytheistic mythologies and spiritual traditions. Send us poems about sailors journeying between Scylla and Charybdis. Send us short stories about the youth of Athens facing the Minotaur. Send us poems about Yūrei and stories about the Headless Mule. Send us essays about the literary evolution of redcaps, the transformation of indigenous spirits into demons, the use of Western spirituality in Eastern horror movies. Violence and gore must be appropriate to the story. We want horror, not splatterpunk. [Please note: we are not averse to pieces featuring vampires and werewolves. However, any such submissions must be firmly grounded in an ancient or extant polytheistic/Pagan tradition. And, please, be original.]
Summer 2023: Genesis. Submission Period: 1 May through 1 June 2023. Creation. Beginnings. Transformation. Cosmogenesis. Anthropogenesis. Zoogenesis. Send us poems inspired by the Enūma Eliš and the Popol Vuh. Send us poems about Prometheus creating humanity, or the Gods creating Pandora. Send us short stories based on the Vǫluspá or the Pyramid Texts. Send us poems about Raven and Väinämöinen, and stories Pangu and Leviathan. Send us essays about the creation of the poems of Emily Dickinson, a sacred site transformed into a tourist trap, a beloved toy ascended to guardianhood.
Winter 2022: Thirteenth Anniversary! To celebrate thirteen years of Eternal Haunted Summer, this will be a special issue, available in both digital and print format. The editor will select at least one poem and one short story from each issue to appear in this special publication. Contributors whose work has been chosen will be contacted by the editor, and purchasing details will be made available as the release date approaches.
Summer 2022: Other-Than-Human Realms. Submission Period: 1 May through 1 June 2022. In many cosmologies, Earth is the middle realm, the land of mortals. Other realms — above, below, sideways and sidewise — are home to other-than-human peoples. Some of these lands are forbidden to mortals, while some we can visit only in dreams or trance. But wherever and whatever they are, they are not our home; they belong to Others. Send us poems about Olympus and Hyperborea, Annwn and Alfheim. Send us short stories about the court of a Fae Queen, the garden of a peri, Hy-Brasil and Feather Mountain. Send us essays about the Garden of the Hesperides, the Land of Manu, and fiery Muspelheim. [Please note that we are not interested in fictional lands such as Narnia, Wonderland, or Oz.]
Winter 2021: Night. Submission Period: 1 November through 1 December 2021. Night: the period of ambient darkness between dusk and dawn. Is the night dangerous? Comforting? A time for creativity? Or rest? Send us poems about Nott and Nyx, Al-Qaum and Erebus. Send us short fiction about a seance at midnight, ghosts holding a dance party that will end at dawn, or a shaman communing with the northern lights. Send us essays about the importance of night in magical rites or the place of night in paranormal and horror literature.
Summer 2021: The Written Word. Submission Period: 1 May through 1 June 2021. Writing has played an integral role in the development of human civilization; through the written word, we have recorded our histories, codified our legal systems, passed on knowledge to the generations that followed, and crafted odes to our Gods and heroes. Send us poems about Thoth and Seshat, Sarasvati and Nabu, Odin and Saga. Send us short fiction about the creation of writing in ancient China, an archaeologist working to decipher an ancient text, or Pagan priest hiding sacred stories in a palimpsest. Send us essays about the runes or ogham, about the mystical lore hidden in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, or about the emerging Pagan self-publishing industry.
Winter 2020: Ekphrasis. Submission Period: 1 November through 1 December 2020. Select a work of art; it can be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture. Write a poem or short story or essay inspired by that work of art. The usual rules apply: the work of art must be Pagan/polytheist in some way, or must be interpreted through a Pagan/polytheist lens. So, for example, send us a poem inspired by Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” or Rossetti’s “Proserpine”; a short story about the animating spirit of the Mississippi, inspired by a photograph of that river; an essay about the place of Mount Fuji in Shinto, inspired by one of Hokusai’s woodblock prints; and so on. Please note: the artwork which inspired your submission must either be included or linked to in your submission; these will be included alongside the accepted submissions when the issue goes live. Also please note that public domain works of art are preferred.
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.
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 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 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).
[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 $5.00 for an original piece. (The Special Feature section pays $15.00.) 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.