~ we are accepting submissions for our Beltaine 2013 issue ~

Beltaine (also written as Beltane) is a celebration of life and love, of sexual energies and frolicking with one’s lover through the woods.  It is a night when the veil between the worlds is thin — folklore tells stories of the Queen of the Fairies riding through the mortal realm on a snow-white horse, and if one makes eye contact with her, they are lured away to the realm of the fae for seven years 

for our Beltaine issue, we are currently accepting fiction (flash and short story), poetry and non-fiction with queerified themes and elements of Beltaine – faery queens captivating maidens, sexual energies of lovers escaping into the woods, handfasting couples dancing around the maypole — this can be interpreted in as many ways as you’d like!

we also are accepting other non-fiction and/or artwork that contains theme(s) of the season and/or sabbat, preference will be given to pieces with a queer-ified angle — anything queer with themes of the season, whatever pagan path you follow!

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

submissions will close for the Beltaine issue on 27 April 2013

the Beltaine issue will be available 1 May 2013

for more information on Beltaine, please visit such sites on the internet as — Beltane (at Witchology), Beltane from the Golden Bough (at Witchology), Beltane Celebration and History (at Witchvox)

submissions length and how to submit:

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

all submissions must include the following to be considered for publication — failure to follow these guidelines will result in some annoyed little gnomes reading your piece(s) and possible rejection:

– a cover letter contained in the body of the email (no attachments) with the following information:

– a short, third-person biography (less than fifty words), letting us know more than just a list of your previous publications
– a short (approximately one hundred words or less) statement regarding why the piece (any submission type, including fiction and poetry) speaks ‘Beltane’ and related themes and symbolism to you  (this can follow any tradition of paganism, as well as any general queerness in the LGBT community, and should relate in a way to the piece you are submitting)
– in other words, briefly enlighten us with your personal gnosis and experiences; it will be included, if the piece is accepted

– the piece(s) pasted into the body of the e-mail (no attachments accepted)
– however, artwork can be attached (preferred method)
– the proper subject heading with the title of the piece, else the submission might be lost in the ether of the junk mail folder

other random information:

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

please consider reporting our submissions times to Duotrope