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~ reminder that hyacinth noir is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork submissions for our Imbolc 2014 issue ~

publication dates: 1 February 2014, +/- three days
issue theme: queer’d faery tales

please read the standard guidelines and submission guidelines

Imbolc is the celtic fire festival that celebrates the first signs of the springtime — the sprouting of leaves, the crocus flower peeking through the snowfall — as well as the transition of the energies of the crone to those of the maiden; it is a day sacred to the goddess Brighid

Imbolc has always spoken of the magick of faery tales to us – greedy dwarves bewitching the prince, evil step-mothers poisoning apples — and due to the popularity of last year’s faery tale issue, we are currently accepting fiction and poetry submissions for a queer faery tale-themed Imbolc issue

fiction submissions and poetry must follow the issue theme, and be a queerified re-telling of a faery tale, with elements of the imbolc sabbat weaved into the piece (springtime, the energies of maiden and/or the crone, the goddess Brighid, the return of the sun — this can be interpreted in as many ways as you’d like!)

we also are accepting non-fiction, photography and artwork that contains theme(s) of the season and/or sabbat, preference will be given to pieces with a queer-ified angle (which don’t necessarily have to follow the theme of ‘queer’d faery tale’)

to submit to the Imbolc issue, please see the submission guidelines

submissions will close for the Imbolc issue on 20 January 2014

for more information on Imbolc:

imbolc sabbat ~ an article at witchology; includes a more scholarly view of the history and traditions of the celtic festival, and further reading on the christianisation of the sabbat, folklore and wiccan / witchcraft celebrations of imbolc

imbolc, the festival of brighid ~ an extensive history of imbolc and information on the goddess brighid, at chalice centre (celtic magical traditions); highly recommended read

imbolc, traditional celebrations for a modern time ~ a witchvox article that summarises some of the traditional celebrations of imbolc, with suggestions for a modern-day celebration