Circe’s Cauldron: Pagan Tales of Magic and Witchcraft

[This anthology has closed to submissions. If you have any questions, please query the editor at]

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for its newest anthology of fiction and poetry: Circe’s Cauldron: Pagan Tales of Magic and Witchcraft. The collection is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan. Submissions are open from 1 June 2019 to 1 November 2019, with a projected release date of Winter 2019.

The editor is interested in poetry and short fiction featuring Deities of magic and witchcraft, and the witches, wizards, sorcerers, sorceresses, magi, and other practitioners of magic themselves. In other words, the editor is seeking poems and stories about Ceridwen and Hekate and Odin; Aradia and Circe and the Witch of Endor; Freyja and Oya and Thoth; Befana and Louhi and Nicnevin; Väinämöinen and Gwydion and Hermes. (For inspiration, please check here and here and here and here.) Please note that the editor is seeking submissions which feature the Deities and magic practitioners of established world traditions and mythologies, not original characters; so, if you want to submit an urban fantasy story about Circe in modern-day New York, please do so; but no stories about your original character practicing magic in modern-day New York.

Every form of poetry and every genre of fiction are welcome, including but not limited to contemporary, devotional, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction, magical realism, and more. The editor is also interested in retellings of ancient myths. There is no hard word limit, but please try to keep your submission under 12,000 words.

Please note that the editor is interested in fiction and poetry only. (Nonfiction will not be included in this collection.) If you are uncertain if your submissions meets these guidelines, please query the editor.

Multiple submissions by the same author are acceptable, and all contributors will retain all rights to their work. Previously published material is also acceptable, provided the author retains the original copyright. All contributors must complete a permission to publish form prior to publication or their work will not be included in the anthology.

Absolutely NO plagiarism. Any work that has been plagiarized will be excluded from the finished anthology. All work must be the original work of the author. The editor reserves the right to make minor changes to formatting, spelling, and grammar, if necessary. The editor also reserves the right to request modifications of submissions or to reject submissions as necessary.

Send all submissions in the body of the email or as .doc or .rtf attachments. Please send all questions or submissions to the editor at All contributors will be able to purchase up to three (3) copies at cost, and will receive a .pdf of the final manuscript for their personal use. No monetary compensation will be provided. Proceeds from all sales will be divided between charitable donations in honor of the Deities and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca Alexandrina