~ 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 we would like to announce some changes to our publication format ~


beginning with the Samhain 2013 issue, we will be able to pay our contributors a small token amount, according to the following system:

poetry: $1.00
flash fiction: $2.00
short stories: $3.00
non-fiction: $1.00
artwork: $2.00

we cannot offer payment for re-prints or photography


we no longer accept simultaneous submissions, but still accept multiple submissions


prior, we had published eight issues according to the sabbats; however, we will now be publishing only four issues every turn of the wheel, alternating between four sabbats

our schedule and themes are as follows:

Samhain 2013
publication date: 1 November 2013
issue theme: queer pieces of the paranormal

Imbolc 2014
publication date: 1 February 2014
issue theme: queer’d faery tales

Beltaine 2014
publication date: 1 May 2014
issue theme: lgbt springtime romances

Lughnasadh 2014
publication date: 1 August 2014
issue theme: fantasy stories with a queer twist

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

to read more on our submissions guidelines, please see the ‘submissions’ menu at the top of the page

~ we are currently accepting submissions for our Samhain 2013 issue ~

Samhain, the Celtic Feast of the Dead and harvest’s end, is celebrated on 31 October or 1 November, depending on the tradition, and encompasses themes such as death and reincarnation, the celebration of the final harvest, and honouring the ancestors

for our Samhain issue, we are currently accepting fiction, poetry and non-fiction with queer themes and ‘paranormal’ elements of Samhain — awe us with black cats and besoms, with divination and magickal energies in the air, with the thinning of the veil between the worlds, the wild hunt and the dark goddess — this can be interpreted in as many ways as you’d like!

we are also accepting non-fiction and artwork/photography with queer themes related to the sabbat (which don’t necessarily have to follow the theme of ‘paranormal’)

submissions will close for the Samhain issue on 15 October 2013

the Samhain issue will be available 1 November 2013

submissions length and how to submit:

short stories (less than 5000 words) and flash fiction (less than 1000 words), poetry (any length), non-fiction (less than 3000 words) and/or artwork and photography submissions can be sent via e-mail to hyacinthnoir@live.co.uk, with: ‘Submission [sabbat]: [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 ‘Samhain’ 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 along with the bio, if the piece is accepted

– the piece(s) pasted into the body of the e-mail (no attachments accepted)

– however, artwork and photography 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

if submitting previously unpublished work, you grant us non-exclusive rights to publish your work in the online publication for as long as it remains viewable; copyright remains with the writer

if you are submitting a reprint, please ensure that you have regained the rights to your work, and let us know which publication it first appeared, along with a link to the piece, if applicable (please note, monetary payment not applicable to reprinted work at this time)

we accept multiple submissions

we are currently able to pay our contributors a small token amount according to:

poetry: $1.00
flash fiction: $2.00
short stories: $3.00
non-fiction: $1.00
artwork: $2.00

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

please consider reporting our submissions times to Duotrope