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Call for Papers: Finding the Masculine in Goddess' Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddess

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for Finding the Masculine in Goddess' Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddess.

E-MAIL FOR INQUIRIES AND SUBMISSIONS:
Erick DuPree:  please put “Finding the Masculine in the Goddess Anthology” in your subject line.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:JULY 30, 2014.
There is a movement among pagan identified men to step out on their own creating dialogues about their masculinity as men of the Goddess.  Men reclaiming their right to a sacred form of masculine, and are wondering, "what type of man am I supposed to be?"  How do Pagan men reclaim the overarching word’s expectation of what masculinity should be, in alignment with a Goddess centered faith?

This anthology will explore men and their relationship with the Goddess and the overarching Pagan community. We’re looking for essays and articles that detail personal experiences with the Goddess, How as men we come to know the Goddess, and ways you have worked through challenges and obstacles being a man within the Pagan movement. We’d like to see a combination of hands-on how-to, personally-inspired, and academic pieces that will offer readers the tools they can use in understanding the evolving role go masculinity in the Goddess movement.

We are looking for works from men, including the transgender community.

Essays and articles should be 1500-4,000 words.

We’re also looking for brief (500-1000 words) personal stories of how you reframe patriarchy, address feminism, and come into Goddess community.

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTED TOPICS TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE FOCUS OF THIS ANTHOLOGY:

  • Personal work and self-transformation while working with the Goddess
  • The role patriarchy plays in coming to terms with worshiping the Goddess as a man.
  • How to foster relationships with other men while still honoring women.
  • What is the difference between sacred masculine and male?
  • Does Paganism make assumptions about men and create stereotypes?
  • Stories of inequality and/or discrimination when working in circles
  • Rituals, practices, and experiences with or for the Goddess.

Submission Deadline is July 30, 2014. Articles should be 1500-4000 words, although if your work falls outside those limits, do submit it – we can discuss this during the editing process. Personal experience essays should be 300-2,000 words. Drop us an email if you are unsure whether your idea fits into the content. The sooner you start the communication process the better, as after the deadline we won’t be considering additional ideas.

Do write in your voice! If you’re academically inclined or trained, feel free to be as intelligent and technical as you like, and writing in the first person is fine as well. These drafts will be edited in a back-and-forth process with the editor. If your essay is not accepted for the anthology, we will tell you after the first round of edits.

ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:

Citations for all quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise unoriginal material
Bibliography of works cited
Prefer the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla
Send the file in RTF format

COMPENSATION:

Accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published and additional copies sold at 40% off the cover price to contributors. All contributors will be provided with a contract upon final acceptance of their essays.

RIGHTS:

This anthology will take nonexclusive first world rights for 6 months.

Editor: The anthology will be edited by Erick DuPree, an Immanion Anthology contributor, and author of the popular blog Alone In Her Presence.

Immanion Press is a small independent press based in the United Kingdom. Founded by author Storm Constantine, it expanded into occult nonfiction in 2004 with the publication of Taylor Ellwood’s Pop Culture Magick. Today, Immanion’s nonfiction line, under the Megalithica Books imprint, has a growing reputation for edgy, experimental texts on primarily intermediate and advanced pagan and occult topics. Find out more at Immanion Press today!

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Taylor Ellwood is the author of Pop Culture Magick, Space/Time Magic, Magical Identity and a number of other occult books. He posts about his latest projects at Magical Experiments. He is also the managing non-fiction editor of Immanion Press. Taylor lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two kids, as well as 7 cats.

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Monday, 28 April 2014

    Love the concept and the subtitle. I think this is an important issue. We all need to be able to affirm that our bodies ourselves are sacred.

    Personally I do not like the terms sacred feminine and sacred masculine, even when it is added that both genders have both masculine and feminine within in them. For me these terms imply that for example, my rational mind is masculine and your caring nature is feminine. I think rationality and caring should be equally available to males and females. Yet calling my rationality my "maculine" side seems to imply that it is a secondary or minor or inferior function in a female and a primary or major or superior function in males. Don't forget that Jungians have called women who dare to question male rational authority "animus-ridden bitches."

    Can we use the terms masculine and feminine without invoking the rational individual is male and the nonrational relational is female stereotypes?

  • Susan Harper
    Susan Harper Tuesday, 29 April 2014

    Carol, I totally agree with you about the terms masculine and feminine -- I wish we could see all traits as potentially present in all people, regardless of gender.

    I love the idea of this anthology. I have some wonderful interviews with Pagan men about this very issue that I conducted while doing my dissertation fieldwork -- I wonder if they would be a fit for the book, or if they only want male-identified writers?

  • Siri Snow
    Siri Snow Wednesday, 30 April 2014

    I believe an important part of Goddess traditions is balance, and that the masculine is the counterpart to the Goddess, just like a mountain is the counterpart to the valley. I am very much in support of "Men reclaiming their right to a sacred form of masculine" because it has been tainted over the years and should be brought to a cleaner light. Many Goddesses and Gods have their counterparts, the Yin or Yang to their Yin or Yang, it is natural roles we see in nature. Red Ice Radio and Radio Three Thirteen have good interviews on the topic. Good luck with your endeavor :)

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Friday, 02 May 2014

    Thanks for the notice, Taylor!

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