Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for Lord of the Horizon: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Horus. This anthology opens for submissions on 1 August 2020, and closes on 1 January 2021, with a projected release date of Spring of 2021. This anthology is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan.
Suggestions for possible contributions include, but are not limited to: prayers, heka, poetry, hymns, rituals, essays, short fiction, recipes, music, and artwork.
This anthology is intended to encompass the many aspects of Horus, across the spectrum of history and geography. It is intended to include within its scope Horus, Son of Isis (Heru-sa-Aset); Horus the Elder (Haroeris, Heru-wer); Horus the Child (Heru-pa-khered); Horus of Behdet (Heru-Behdety); Horus of the Horizons (Heruakhety); Horus in the Horizon (the Giza Sphinx, Heru-em-akhet); Horus Who Unites the Two Lands (Harsomtus, Heru-sematawy); Horus Kentechthai (Khenty-Khety); Khenty-Irty; Horus-Shu (Heru-Shu); and Horus-Min (Heru-Min); and all of the many other forms and syncretic aspects of this deity.
Those interested in contributing to this anthology are encouraged to explore the various titles and myths of this deity. For example, some topics you might consider addressing could include:
Horus as a God of kingship;
Horus as a sky God;
Horus’ cults in localities such as Hierakonpolis (Nekhen), Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Dendera, as well as in other parts of the world, such as Greece, the Roman Empire, Nubia, and the Levant, as well as changes in cultic practice and mythology over time, and within different geographic and cultural contexts;
Horus’ connection to other Egyptian deities, such as Isis, Hathor, Osiris, Set, Ra, Nephthys, Anty/Nemty, Bawy, Bes, Bast, Sobek, the Four Sons of Horus, Ihy, Horit, and others;
Compare/contrast Horus and deities in other pantheons (or who were adopted into the Egyptian pantheon), such as Apollo, Hauron, Ares, Dionysus, Mandulis, Mars, and Zeus, among others;
Epithets of Horus, such as “The Primeval One,” “Who Unites the Two Lands,” “Lord of Triumph,” “The Magnificent Child,” “Whose Mother Isis is His Protection,” “With Excellent Plans Among All the Gods,” “The Excellent King,” “Foremost of the Horizon of Eternity,” “Who Abhors Bias,” “Heir of the Winged Sun Disc,” “Prince of Truth,” “With the Great Heart,” “Lord of the Double Crown,” “Who Loves the Fight,” “Whose Wings Cannot Be Suppressed,” “The Lord of Bravery,” “Who Nephthys Creates,” “Who Stands on His Throne as the Justified One,” “Whose Two Eyes Shine in the Morning and the Evening,” “The Falcon on the Palace Façade,” “Protector of His Father,” “He With Speckled Plumage,” “The Harpooner,” “Who overthrows the rebel,” et cetera;
Horus in ancient texts, such as “The Contendings of Horus and Set,” “The Legend of Horus of Behdet, the Winged Disk,” magical papyri, and funerary literature, such as “The Coffin Texts”;
The iconography of Horus;
The areas of influence and expertise over which Horus holds domain, and their place in the ancient and modern world, for example: leadership, justice, continuity, flight, falcons, the sky, the sun and moon, protection and healing of children, fertility, battle and reconciliation, and unification;
And the nature of Horus’ worship and adoration in the ancient world 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. The preferred citation styles for this anthology are MLA or APA. If possible, do not use auto-generated footnotes. 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 submissions 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 be able to purchase up to three (3) copies at-cost (plus shipping) and will also receive a free .pdf of the final manuscript for personal use (not to be distributed).
Multiple submissions are welcome! Please send all submissions in the body of the email or as .doc, docx., .rtf, or .jpg, attachments.
Acceptable length is 100-10,000 words (with the exception of poetry). All artwork must be at least 300dpi.
Send all submissions and queries to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.