Shield of Wisdom: A Devotional in Honor of Athena and Minerva

Call for Submissions! Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Shield of Wisdom: A Devotional in Honor of Athena and Minerva. This anthology will be edited by Amanda Artemisia Forrester and Jason Ross Inczauskis.

The submissions period will run from 1 September 2018 to 1 February 2019, with the projected release date of Spring 2019.

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

Contributors are strongly encouraged to consider the two Goddesses’ many aspects and epithets while creating their submissions. Athena is a Virgin Goddess of wisdom and war, as well as a Friend and Champion to Heroes. Bearing aegis and spear against her enemies, Athena is protector and guide of both cities and individuals. She is a Goddess of justice and transformation, as well as arts such as weaving and pottery. Minerva shares many of these attributes, but is also a Goddess of poetry, music, and medicine. She was also one of the primary Deities of ancient Rome, a member of the Capitoline Triad. 

These are but a few of the many aspects of these Goddesses, and contributors are encouraged to explore these and other aspects. While this rich mythology involving Athena and Minerva is an excellent resource, contributors are also encouraged to make use of archaeological, linguistic, philosophical and other resources. 

Contributors are also encouraged to examine these Goddesses’ relationships with other Deities. E.g., Athena as the Daughter of Zeus, Minerva as a part of the Capitoline Triad, Athena in her contest with Poseidon for rulership of Athens, Minerva as a Goddess of commerce alongside Mercurius, Athena and Hephaestus as patrons of handicrafts, Athena and Ares as Deities of war, Athena and Minerva in comparison to the Egyptian Neith or the Etruscan Menrva, et cetera.

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. Scholarly articles must properly cite sources where applicable. Previously published submissions are acceptable, provided the author retains all rights to the work. Authors continue to 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. Failure to return the permission form will result in exclusion from the final anthology. All contributors will be sent a proof .pdf to review, and will have one week to send their revisions to the editor.

The editors reserve the right to make any minor changes in the case of grammar, spelling and formatting concerns. The editors also reserve 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 Goddesses, and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca AlexandrinaAll contributors will receive a .pdf copy for their personal use, and will be able to purchase three copies at-cost. 

Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words (with the exception of poetry). All artwork must be at least 300dpi. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx attachment with “Athena Devotional” in the subject line to athenadevotional@gmail.com .

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