Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Lady of the Sycamore: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Hathor. This anthology opens for submissions on 1st November 2016 and closes on 1 June 2017, with a projected release date of Summer 2017. [Note: release date has been updated to Spring 2019.]
Suggestions for possible contributions include, but are not limited to: prayers, heka, poetry, hymns, rituals, essays, short fiction, recipes, music, and artwork.
Those interested in contributing to this anthology are encouraged to explore the various titles and myths of this goddess, such as: Hathor as Goddess of Love; The Great One of Many Names; Lady of Stars; Mistress of the West; Lady of the Sycamore; Mistress of the Necropolis; Lady of the Turquoise; Lady of Malachite; Mistress of Music; Queen of the Harp Playing; Mistress of Jubilation; Queen of the Dance; Mistress of Inebriety Without End; Queen of Wreath Weaving; Mistress of Heaven; Celestial Nurse; Mother of Mothers; Hand of God; Lady of the Vulva; the Seven Hathors; and the Eye of Ra;
Hathor’s cults in Dendera, Philae, Timna and Luxor;
Hathor’s connections to and her relationships with other Deities, such as Horus the Elder, Ra, Aset/Isis, Sopdet, Nebethetepet, Nehebkau, Bat, Neith, Khnum, the Four Sons of Horus, Nut, Mut, Sobek, and Bast;
Hathor’s Connection to the Menat and Sistrum, and her various symbols of power;
the role/s and power of Hathor’s Priests and Magicians in ancient Egypt and today;
Hathor’s connection to Ancient Egyptian Royalty;
the areas of influence and expertise over which this goddess holds domain, and their place in the ancient and modern world, e.g. fertility and motherhood, love, beauty, ecstasy, music, drunkenness, luxury, foreignness, the sun, cows and milk, divine wrath, hairdressing, et cetera;
analysis of her place in The Book of the Celestial Cow and The Conflict of Horus and Seth;
compare/contrast Hathor and Deities in other pantheons (or who were adopted into the Egyptian pantheon), such as Aphrodite, Astarte, Dionysus, Freyja, and Venus;
and the nature of her worship and adoration in Ancient Egypt and among today’s practitioners and devotees.
All works submitted must be original, not plagiarized or public domain. Academic articles must provide proper citation for all sources used. Previously published submissions are acceptable, as long as the author retains all rights. The author will continue to retain all rights to any submissions accepted for this anthology. Upon acceptance, the author must complete the permission to publish form, including a brief author biography to be included in the anthology.
The editor reserves the right to make editorial changes to the spelling, grammar, and formatting of submission where appropriate. The editor may also ask the contributor to make modifications to the submission/s. The editor may reject submissions, as necessary. Contributors will be sent a preview .pdf of the manuscript, and will have one week to send any suggested corrections to the editor.
No monetary compensation will be provided, as proceeds from all sales will be divided between charitable donations in honor of the Deities and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All contributors will receive a free .pdf of the final manuscript for personal use (not to be distributed) and a coupon code which will allow them to purchase three physical copies of the anthology at cost (plus shipping).
Send all submissions and queries to Tina Georgitsis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptable length is 100-10,000 words (with the exception of poetry). All artwork must be at least 300dpi.