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~ we are currently accepting submissions for our Yule 2012 issue ~

yule — the winter solstice, the longest night of the dark and cold winter months — celebrates the rebirth of the sun deity in many traditions, and occurs on or around december 21

we are currently looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and/or artwork that contains theme(s) of the season and/or sabbat, preferably with a queer-ified angle  — awe us with mistletoe kisses between lovers, mediaeval feastings, wassailing and romantic gift exchanges — anything queer with themes of the season!

we love literary and experimental prose, engaging characters and plots, stories that electrify the air of the season, and above all, celebrate queerness and/or queer paganism in any form

short stories (less than 3000 words), flash fiction (less than 1000 words), poetry (any length), non-fiction (less than 2000 words) and/or artwork submissions can be sent via e-mail to hyacinthnoir@live.co.uk, with: ‘Submission Yule: [type of submission]‘ as the subject heading

all submissions must include a cover letter, with the piece pasted into the body of the e-mail; artwork must be attached

we accept both previously unpublished works and reprints, but if you are submitting a reprint, please let us know which publication your piece first appeared, along with a link to the piece, if applicable

we accept multiple and simultaneous submissions; though please let us know, and let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere

we are currently unable to pay our contributors

published submissions will be lightly edited to conform to the format of the site

submissions will close for the Yule issue on 15 December 2012

for more information on the celebration, history and themes of Yule, please visit these excellent resources at Witches Sabbats and Witchvox: Midwinter’s Eve by Mike Nichols, You Call It Christmas… We Call It Yule by Peg Aloi, and Winter Solstice: Festivals by Christina Aubin (plus other Witchvox articles)