I am delighted to announce that I will be editing an anthology for Bibliotheca Alexandrina on sacred journeys. The call for submissions is below and at Neos Alexandria‘s site.

Call for submissions for Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, edited by Literata. Submissions will open 10 September 2012 and close 28 February 2013. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original translations of stories and texts, artwork, and rituals related to the experience of sacred journeys.

Both deities and mortals have undertaken sacred journeys:  the Deities Baldr, Inanna, Obatala, Persephone and Pwyll travel to their different underworlds, as do the heroes Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Orpheus and Psyche; other heroes and heroines such as Adam and Eve, Aeneas, Cu Chulainn, Dido, Heracles, Moses, Sigurd, and Theseus undertake sacred tasks or quests; and everyday people face transitions both literal and figurative. How is the person or power changed by the experience?

Contributors are encouraged to concentrate on the theme of change. For example:

– What makes specific journeys important for those who experience them?
– What causes sacred journeys, and what comes out of them?
– Is everyone who goes through such a journey changed? Why or why not?
– Is such change always for the better?
– Can journeys be undone, or can one “go back” in any way?
– What does it mean for us as polytheists if we think our deities experience change?

As individuals, how do we recognize when we are on the verge of or in the midst of our own sacred journeys? How do we prepare for them, recover from them, or learn from them? When we’ve experienced a journey, how is “here” different from “there” — have we really crossed a river?

Contributors should not concentrate on assimilating all examples of journeys to a single archetypal framework, but instead examine the differences between the many different kinds of journeys. While the theme of initiation as an experience of a sacred journey is relevant, submissions should not be primarily about initiation per se.

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. Scholarly articles must properly cite sources where applicable. Previously published submissions are acceptable, provided the author retains all rights to the work. Authors retain all rights to the submission. Upon acceptance, the author will be sent a permission to publish form along with a request for a short biography to include in the anthology.

The editor reserves the right to make any minor changes in the case of grammar, spelling, and formatting concerns. The editor also reserves the right to request modification of submissions and to reject submissions as necessary.

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. All contributors will receive a coupon code which will allow them to purchase three copies of the anthology at cost.

Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words. All artwork must be at least 300dpi. Submissions close 28 February 2013 with a projected release date of June 2013. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx attachment with “Sacred Journeys Anthology” in the subject line to literatahurley@gmail.com.