~ we’d like to remind our readers that we are currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork submissions for our Autumnal Equinox issue, to be released on 22 September 2013 ~

please note that this issue does not follow Hyacinth Noir’s upcoming new format, which is posted here

issue theme: ‘the homespun/rural queer’

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]: [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 (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

please consider reporting our submissions times to Duotrope