Harnessing Fire: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Hephaestus

Call for Submissions!

We are interested in a wide variety of pieces, including (but not limited to) scholarly articles, short fiction, poetry, original translations of ancient texts, hymns, rituals and artwork.

Submitters are strongly encouraged to explore Hephaestus as a Blue-Collar God, as a Working Man’s God, as the Friend of Humanity, as the God of Results and Workmanship, as the Creator of Women, as the Olympic Rebel who speaks Truth to Power and spends his time with other Rebels. Hephaestus is the God with a day job, who went on strike, who loves smart and cunning women. As you explore Hephaestus as Craftsman, Rebel, Brother, Husband and Son, do not forget his role as Father: his children by Kharis (Aglaia) are “good repute”, “acclaim”, “prosperity” and “welcome.”

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. Previously published submissions are acceptable, provided the author retains all rights to the work. Authors retain all rights to the submission. Upon acceptance, the author will be sent a permission to publish form along with a request for a short biography to include in the anthology.

The editor reserves the right to make any minor changes in the case of grammar, spelling and formatting concerns. The editor also reserves the right to request modification of submissions and to reject submissions as necessary.

No monetary compensation will be provided. Proceeds from all sales will be divided between charitable donations in the name of the God, and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All contributors will receive a coupon code which will allow them to purchase three copies of the anthology at cost.

Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words (with the exception of poetry), and the submissions period will run from 25 April 2011 – 31 October 2011, with the projected release date of January 2012. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx attachment with “Hephaestus Devotional” in the subject line to starling.foster@gmail.com.

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