The Far-Shining One: A Devotional in Honor of the Spirits of the Sun

[Note: this anthology has closed to submissions. We anticipate a release in late Spring 2019. Please send any comments or queries to]

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for The Far-Shining One: A Devotional in Honor of the Spirits of the Sun. Submissions will open 1 August 2018 and close 31 March 2019, with an expected release date of late Spring 2019. This anthology is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan.

The editor is interested in a variety of material, including but not limited to: prayers, rituals, hymns, essays, visual artwork, short stories, plays, recipes, and new translations of ancient and public domain works.

In your work, consider:

— comparing/contrasting the solar Deities from various pantheons, such as Helios, Sol, Ra, Amun, Usil, Tonatiuh, Saule, Sunna, Surya, Magec, Mawu, Huitzilopchtli, Tonatiuh, Shapash, Xihe, the Sun Goddess of Arinna, Into, Amaterasu, Dazbog, and others;
— the relationships between the solar Deities and others within their pantheon; fr example, the relationship between Helios and other Deities in the Greek pantheon, especially Nyx, Theia, Hyperion, Hemera, Eos and Selene, Eosphoros, Hesperos, Tethys, and Oceanos, and Apollo; or the relationships between Sol and other Deities in the Roman pantheon, especially Aurora and Luna, Mithras, and Apollo;
— the various wives and paramours of Helios, such as Klymene/Clymene, Rhode, Clytia/Klytie, and Leukothoe;
— the ancient cults and cultic sites of solar Deities;
— the different aspects or cultic titles of Sol, such as Sol Invictus, Sol Indiges, and others;
— reconstructed and modern cults and rituals;
— solar Deities’ areas of interest and influence beyond the sun, such as fatherhood, motherhood, the seasons and the passage of time, travel, magic, truth and justice and oaths, heat and fire, life (plant and animal), and the underworld;
— analyses of specific myths featuring solar Deities;
— plants, animals, and symbols of solar Deities, such as the rooster, the wolf, the chariot, the tablets of Phanes, heliotrope, poplar, frankincense;
— the appearance of solar Deities in ancient literature, and modern literature and cinema.

Multiple submissions by the same author are acceptable, and all contributors will retain original copyright 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. All work must be the original work of the author or include proper citations where necessary; the preferred citation styles for this anthology are MLA or APA. Title pages and abstracts are not necessary. Any work that has been plagiarized will be excluded from the finished anthology.  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.

Artwork must be at least 300dpi. Send all submissions in the body of the email or as .doc/.rtf, or .jpg, attachments. Please send all questions or submissions to the editor at All contributors will be allowed to purchase up to three (3) copies at cost, as well as 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.