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~ we are now accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork submissions for both our Lughnasadh and the Autumnal Equinox issues~

issues theme:

samhain is going to mark one turn of the wheel of the year since hyacinth noir started publishing in a celebration of queer paganism, and also when we are going to change our publication format (more on that to come in October)

for our next two issues of hyacinth noir, we are celebrating the sabbat and season with themes issues:

to be released on 1 August 2013, the theme for our Lughnasadh issue is ‘queered ancient culture’, and to be released on 21 September 2013, the theme for the Autumnal Equinox issue is ‘the homespun/rural queer’

both issues will similarly celebrate the first and second of the harvest festivals, with slight variations, discussed below


in some pagan paths, Lughnsadh is the celtic festival to the Irish sun god Lugh.  Lugh is frequently represented as a High King of distant, ancient times in mythological texts, and possessed myriad abilities.  For more information on Lugh and Lughnsadh, please visit:

Lugh in Celtic Mythology
Lug (at Myths Encyclopaedia)
Lugus the Many-Gifted Lord

Overview of Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh, the Deeper Meaning
Deeper into Lughnasadh

for our Lughnsadh issue, we are accepting submissions that revolve around queerism, set in ancient cultures (either fiction or non-fiction based).  Submissions must involve an aspect of queer paganism and encompass the issue theme — this can be interpreted in as many ways as you’d like!

submissions will close for the Lughnsadh issue on 25 July 2013

the issue will be available 1 August 2013

Autumnal Equinox:

the second harvest festival, the autumnal equinox is a celebration of balance in light and darkness, when the daytime and nighttime have waned to equal hours.  The Autumnal Equinox is known under many names depending on the pagan path.  Druidric and Celtic Pagans refer to the sabbat as ‘Mid-Harvest’ or ‘Alban Elfed’, while it is known as ‘Winter Finding’ to the Asatru or ‘Mabon’ to the Wiccans.  For more information on the Autumnal Equinox, please visit:

celebrating the autumn equinox
history of mabon
celtic druid’s autumn equinox

for our Autumnal Equinox Issue, we are accepting submissions that revolve around both the domestic pagan and domestic queer — whether it is rural and village living, homespun culture, or the kitchen witch.  Submissions must involve an aspect of queer paganism and encompass the issue theme — this can be interpreted in as many ways as you’d like!

submissions will close for the Autumnal Equinox issue on 14 September 2013

the issue will be available 22 September 2013

submissions length and how to submit:

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) 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 [Autumnal Equinox or Lughnasadh]: [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 the sabbat’s (Lughnasadh or Autumal Equinox) 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 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

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