In a Shadow’d Mirror: Pagan Tales of Fantasy and Horror

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for its newest anthology of fiction and poetry: In a Shadow’d Mirror: Pagan Tales of Fantasy and Horror. Editor and release date are to be determined.

The editor is interested in poetry and short fiction from every subgenre of fantasy and horror, including but not limited to: comic fantasy, epic fantasy, fairy tales, gaslamp fantasy, grimdark, noblebright, heroic fantasy, magical realism, romantic fantasy, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, weird fiction, occult detective, psychological horror, possession tales, ghost stories, monster stories, haunted houses, urban legends, and more. The editor is also interested in every -punk derivative (bronzepunk, ecopunk, elfpunk, mythpunk, steampunk, et cetera) provided that it leans towards the fantasy/horror end of the spectrum as opposed to the science fiction end. 

The only criteria is that the story must feature Pagan/polytheist characters. So, for example, submit a story about a traditional Scottish witch battling monsters in Edinburgh; a Vodouisant in modern New York trying to break a curse; a descendant of Circe hunting for a lost magical Greek artifact; Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, going on a quest at Dionysus’ command; a priest of Thoth in ancient Egypt investigating an occult crime; a devotee of Osanyin trying to save an endangered magical herb; a Taoist priestess fighting a plague in medieval China; and so on.

Please note that gore, violence, and sexual situations should support the needs of the story. Do not include them just for shock or titillation. 

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

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. 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