Tuesday 12 August 2014

Call for Submissions for Anthology on the God

A new publishing company is looking for submissions for a book with the title Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism.

Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism will be the first anthology to be produced by TDM Publishing and will be compiled and edited by Frances Billinghurst, author of Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats.

Frances Billinghurst said: "After contributing to a number of anthologies in recent years, I’ve decided to see if I can edit my own and due to the seeming lack of modern interpretations of the God (especially when compared to the Goddess), I’ve decided to focus on him – with the proposed title being Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism."

He added: "I am seeking original essays, poems and invocations, personal encounters, artwork, ritual, songs on the divine masculine himself or on various aspects found within Paganism as well as mythology. More details can be found on my writer’s bog - http://francesbillinghurst.blogspot.com.au/p/call-of-god-call-for-submissions.html. At the moment the proposed deadline is 1 November 2014 as I am aiming for a release later this year or early 2015."

I am seriuosly considering contributing to the book myself, having already written an essay in a similar anthology about goddesses, called Naming the Goddess, which is already available for pre-order via Amazon.

Here are details from the submission guidelines for Call of the God:
Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism is an anthology focusing on the history, myths, worship and role of the God from more ancient times and his place within modern Paganism. While often being referred to as the “Lord of the Hunt”, “God of the Greenwood” and “Consort of the Goddess”, his role (and importance) as the God, the Divine Masculine, seems to be pushed into the shadows in favour of the Goddess, the Divine Feminine.

 Is this based on a fear or rejection of the word “God”, a hangover from orthodox religion?
 Is his role not considered important, especially for women who are seeking to identify with a deity in their own image – the Goddess?
 What does this exclusion of a male deity within Paganism mean to men and their own ability to identify with the divine in their own image?
 How can the balance be restored and the Pagan God be reclaimed from the shadows that he is being forced into?

TDM Publishing is now inviting submissions for an anthology that will focus on the role of the God, the Divine Masculine, within modern Paganism.

Material that will be considered appropriate for inclusion in this anthology include (but not limited to) devotional prayers, hymns, poems and invocations; essays on specific aspects of the God as depicted in mythology and folklore; short stories about personal encounters; visual artwork; rituals and/or experiences obtained from rituals that focused on the God; and plays focusing on the Divine Masculine.

Subjects worth exploring include:

1. The worship of the various aspects of the God in pre-Christian times;
2. The role and relationship of the God within modern Paganism where the Goddess is being more readily embraced;
3. Exploring various attributes of the God: Lord of the Woodland, Lord of the Hunt, healer, protector, lover, warrior;
4. The role of the Divine Masculine for future generations of young men;
5. Identifying with the God based on gender and/or sexual orientation;
6. Representations (or lack) of the God within modern society;
7. Analyzing specific pieces of literature that focus on the God, such as “IO Pan” by Aleister Crowley, Orphic and Homeric hymns, etc;
8. Exploring the God as depicted within art, including the Gunderstrup Cauldron, artwork by Rosaleen Norton.

The acceptable length for essays is 100 to 10,000 words (with the exception of poetry). Artwork must be at least 300dpi and will be deduced to greyscale images. All work submitted must be the original work of the author or include proper citations where necessary. Plagiarism will not be accepted and any such material will be excluded from the finished anthology. Multiple submissions from the same author are acceptable.

Please note that no monetary compensation will be provided. Contributors will instead receive a complementary copy of the completed book as well as a discount on up to three additional copies. All contributors will retain original copyright to their work and will be credited appropriately.

Submissions close on 1 November 2014. The expected release date for Call of the God: An Exploration of the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism is January 2015.

Queries or submissions should be sent to the editor at Frances@templedarkmoon.com marked “Call of the God submission”.

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