Blood and Roses: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Aphrodite - Call for Submissions
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Blood of Roses: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Aphrodite. Misunderstood and misrepresented in the modern world as a bubble-headed Goddess of lust and love, Aphrodite is much, much more — as her devotees both ancient and modern can attest.
Appropriate submissions include, but are not limited to poetry, short fiction, essays, rituals, and artwork. Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words, with the exception of poetry. Any artwork submitted should be scanned in or created at 300 dpi and sent as a .jpg or .tif file. Suggestions for topics include:
— Her role as Goddess of love, lust, procreation, beauty, grace, pleasure, merriment, and war; and the works of art (especially love poetry) based on these;
— discussion of her multiple birth narratives, their significance, and Her relationship with the islands of Cythera/Kythera and Cyprus;
— her affairs with Ares, Dionysus, Hermes, Nerites, Poseidon, and Zeus; and her marriage to Hephaestus;
— her romantic relationships with Adonis and Anchises;
— her relationship with the Graces/Charites, Erotes, Horae, and Peitho (who traditionally make up Her retinue);
— the Judgement of Paris, and, by extension, Aphrodite’s relationships with Athena and Hera;
— her role in the Trojan War; her favoritism of Paris, Helen, and her son Aeneas; and her wounding in battle;
— the myth of Hippomenes and Atalanta, and her role in assisting the former with her golden apples;
— the death of Hippolytus, and Aphrodite’s role in his death; and, by extension, Her relationship with Artemis;
— the Goddess’ place in the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea;
— the Goddess’ role in the myth of Eros and Psyche;
— her connection/comparison with Deities from other pantheons, most especially Venus; but also Freyja, Oshun, Astarte, Ishtar, Inanna, and Isis;...( list continues )...
— accounts of ancient and modern personal devotional practices and offerings;
— discussion of ancient and modern sacred sites;
— translations of ancient hymns and poems;
— artwork; and
— recipes inspired by or used as offerings to Aphrodite.
All works must be original. No plagiarism! Scholarly articles must provide proper citation for all sources in the form of a bibliography, and in-text citations or endnotes. Previously published submissions are acceptable, as long as the author retains all rights. After publication, the author will continue to retain all rights to any submissions accepted for this anthology. Upon acceptance, the author must complete a permission to publish form, and include a brief author biography to be included in the anthology.
Please send any and all submissions and queries either in the body of the email or as .txt/.doc/.rtf attachments to Rebecca Buchanan at email@example.com.
The editor reserves the right to make minor changes to formatting, spelling, and grammar, if necessary; she also reserves the right to request modifications, or to reject submissions entirely.Submissions open 1 July 2016 and close 1 December 2016, with a projected release date of early Winter 2017.