Call for Writers for the Second Shades of Faith Anthology

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Call for Writers– Shades of Ritual; Minority Voices in Practice

Email for inquiries and submissions: Crystal Blanton
Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions for a the follow up anthology to Shades of Faith, released in August of 2011.  This anthology will focus on people of color working in magical communities and their spiritual practices.  This anthology will provide another opportunity to get the voices and experiences of minorities within the Pagan community out to the world and address some of the challenges, stereotyping, frustrations and the beauty of being different within the racial construct of typical Pagan or Wiccan groups. These communities include (but are not limited to) groups and individuals working in Wicca, Voodoo, Umbanda, Shaman, and other Pagan paths.
As many of the roots of Paganism come from the lands of people of color, much of the color of Paganism is often forgotten in the cultural mainstreaming that often happens to ethnic cultures. Many people of color within Paganism walk between the worlds of their birth ancestry and culture, and that of their spiritual culture.  This anthology is meant to show how that might look within the spiritual practice of one’s home.
Here are some suggested topics to give you an idea of the focus of this anthology.
·         Rituals
·         Poetry
·         Your experience of integration into the Pagan community and how that might correlate with your practice
·         Magical work
·         Ancestor work
·         Deity specific practices and relationships
·         Integrating your birth culture with your spiritual workings
·         What magical work are you doing now? How do you describe it? Do you work alone, in a group, or in several settings?
·         Your birth culture and spiritual workings
·         Stereotypes and prejudice and the impact on spiritual or magic workings.
Being the only person of color in a coven, group or community
·         Sharing your culture and history with other Pagans
·         Cultural history and how that plays a role in your spiritual practice today
·         Family culture and how that plays a role in your spiritual practice
·         Cultural appropriations and how that works in your practice.
Rough drafts are due August 15, 2013. These drafts will be edited in a back-and-forth process with the editor. Essays should be 1500-4000 words, although if your work falls outside those limits, do submit it – we can discuss this during the editing process. Drop us an email if you are unsure whether your idea fits into the content. The sooner you start the communication process the better, as after the deadline we won’t be considering additional ideas.
Essay requirements:
• Citations for all quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise unoriginal material
• Bibliography of works cited
• Prefer APA format
Write in your voice! If you’re academically inclined or trained, feel free to be as intelligent and technical as you like. If your work entirely talks in the first person about your own experience, please include this also. There is a wide range of voices, and we are interested in being as inclusive of style as possible.
Accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published and additional copies sold at 40% off the cover price to contributors. All contributors will be provided with a contract upon final acceptance of their essays, not when they are accepted for editing. If your essay is not accepted for the anthology, we will tell you after the first round of edits.
The anthology will be edited by Crystal Blanton. She is the author of two books with Immanion press; Bridging the Gap; Working Within the Dynamics of Pagan Groups and Society, and Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World.  She is also the editor of the first anthology, Shades of Faith; Minority Voices in Paganism. She may be found online at http://www.crystalblanton.org and her email address for this anthology is crystal@crystalblanton.com .
Immanion Press is a small independent press based in the United Kingdom. Founded by author Storm Constantine, it expanded into occult nonfiction in 2004 with the publication of Taylor Ellwood’s Pop Culture Magick. Today, Immanion’s nonfiction line, under the Megalithica Books imprint, has a growing reputation for edgy, experimental texts on primarily intermediate and advanced pagan and occult topics. Find out more at http://www.immanion-press.com.
 

March Releases for Print and E-book

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Immanion Press is publishing the following books in print and or Kindle this month:

The Book on Fire by Keith Miller is now available on Kindle and includes a bonus story not found on smashwords or the print version.

Crystal Blanton’s book Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World is now available on Kindle.

The Following books have been published this month

Storm Constantine has re-released the Sea Dragon’s Heir, the first book in the Magravanadias Trilogy

For generations, the Palindrake family of Caradore have been cut off from their spiritual source, Foy the Sea Dragon Queen, since their ancestor Valraven I and his family were conquered and subjugated by the Emperor Cassilin of Magrast, follower of Madragore, the pitiless god of fire. The Palindrakes’ connection to the powers of the sea was lost, remembered only in songs and legends, and the name of each male heir: Valraven. Now, most men of the Caradorean families are sent away to war, to fight for the current emperor, Leonid, who is known only as a family friend to the Palindrakes – their sorry history is mostly forgotten by those who now live in the pale castle beside the thrashing ocean.

But the sea dragons live on in the hearts of the Caradorean people, especially the women, and when Pharinet Palindrake’s twin brother Valraven is sent to Magrast to join the emperor’s army, events are set in motion that will revive magics long forgotten, as well as enmities, passions and fears.

Valentine Williams has released the Poison Garden of Dorelia Jones

The garden of Dorelia Jones flourishes with strange poisonous plants – but her mind is as full of poison as her garden. This venom permeates everything she does. About to be made homeless, and disinherited by her mother, Dorelia plots and schemes to ensure her own survival and comfort. A marriage of convenience turns out to be anything but for her unfortunate husband, who has to suffer being ostracised by his family and then haunted by Dorelia’s murdered mother. Even an exorcism fails to rid the house of the wickedness Dorelia has unleashed.

A Gothic fantasy, craftily plotted about parasitic relationships, mushrooms and the power of suggestion.

Immanion Press E-book releases for March

We have recently put the following books onto Kindle as E-books.

Quantum Sorcery

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The Paradigmal Pirate

Women’s Voices in Magic

Esctatic Ritual: Practical Sex Magick