Submission Guidelines for Faerie Nation's magazine
We accept all styles of work: prose, stories, rituals, poetry, artwork, makeup tips, you name it. Crazy people are sooooo multifaceted.
Include this exact sentence: "Please credit [name, professional or religious title if you want] as the author of this piece." If you want to be anonymous, fill in the blank with "anonymous."
If you want a contributor's bio in the mag, precede the bio with these words: "This is the bio:" After the bio, please write "end of bio" or your automatically generated signature or other comments addressed privately to us could end up in the magazine for all to see. Bio must be no more than a short paragraph, two-three sentences.
Include your real name, email addy, snail mail address, and phone
number. They will not be published unless you include them in your bio.
Do not send us your only copy: we do not return submissions.
We consider one piece per author at a time. We do not consider submissions that are simultaneously being submitted elsewhere.
Submit your work in the body of an email. Do not use fancy formatting or programs. Just do it plain old email style. If you want a word italicized in the final copy, make the word all caps. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We need one time printing rights. Other than that, authors retain copyright of their work. Anything you submit must be yours and not subject to any copyright restrictions.
Articles might be edited for clarity and length. Poems will not. Rites
will not, except for their prose sections, such as instructions.
In return for your article, you receive a free copy of the mag and one-time ad space. Please don't send the ad with your submission: If we accept your piece, we'll contact you to talk about the ad then.
Write about anything you want! I really mean that! Do not, puhleeze, focus on what you think I will like. Your work doesn't have to be about being Fey, the Faerie Queen, coming home to Her, pagan spirituality, community building, or inclusiveness. Faerie Nation mag is a place for Fey-touched folks to share what we are doing, who we are, and what we
dream. FN mag, like FN itself, is for any mystic or maniac who wants in. Uber inclusive. This'll be one movement in which its founder doesn't say, "Be yourself!" then tell you that being yourself means thinking/being/acting just like him or her. Submit what is central and important to you, not the topics or angles you think will hook me as an
editor. If you submit a piece that you think is, for example, totally non-Fey or not spiritual, cool! Faeries don't run around announcing, "I'm a Faerie, I'm a Faerie!" They just do whatever they like and write whatever interests them.
If you prefer, the following are some of the mag's columns. Each will be open to submissions instead of done only by a staff writer: Since I want to give any Fey-touched soul a venue in which they can express what is important to them, every column is hopefully a way to do that. I hope one appeals to you. Column submissions needn't be straight prose. Try a ritual or fiction or . . . In fact, anything you submit might be used for
one of our ongoing columns anyway if it's a match. Cool!
* Column: Who is the Faerie Queen to YOU? And Oberon?
She has many faces. Which does she show in your own wild heart? Who is Oberon? He has countless aspects, like any healthy guy. Write about Him, Her, or Both.
* Column: The Green Fey Earth: Environmental Magic & Mystical Love of
Don't ask me what that column is about. Make it whatever that title
seems to you in your earthy, mineral filled bones.
* Column: Enchantment
Teens can write for any column, (with written parental permission if
under 18) but staff member Laura Gail felt that there should be a
designated teen place. Yup! It should be for you, and you alone, to talk
about, well, whatever you want. Yada! After all, who am I to tell you
what to write about? I titled the column "Enchantment" because you have
plenty of it to share. Or if you don't, then you likely have plenty to
say about that as well. In any case, I am not saying you need to write
about enchantment; I simply believe that whatever you submit will BE
enchanted even if you don't know it!
* Column: Crone Fun, Crone Beauty, Crone Laughter, Crone Wisdom
Laura Gail also knows how much I HATE the stereotype portrayed in Wiccan pageants: the old bitty who's ugly but that's okay because she is wise; she is also real scary and mean looking. Bite my apple, pretty darling? ICK! So, thank you, Laura, for the idea of a column really defined not by the dreadful stereotypes but by the folks in the community who are older. You're brilliant, LG! I titled the column accordingly; hell, we don't need one more crone defined solely as "Wyse Womyn." Besides, let's honor male crones, too. Some of those "old cronies" sitting together in the park are up to serious mischief! If you are one of them, let's hear about YOUR fun, YOUR beauty, (Guys can be called beautiful! Let's gender-bend the human species) YOUR humor, and YOUR Wisdom. And, while my above writing picked apart the dumb stereotypes about older women, what do you want to write about stereotypes concerning older men? Anyway, hey, if you're a crone, I don't need to tell you what can go in this column; you know that it can be whatever you think it should be. Crones think for themselves and let go of all strictures that bound them in earlier days. Who are you uniquely as a person, and what do you feel like writing about? However, just in case you like them, here are topic ideas I would love to see covered by someone who finds them personally relevant: The Fey are immortal. How does that affect a crone? What does it mean to be a FEY crone? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
* Column: Mother, Matriarch, Father, Patriarch
We can't have crone and teen columns without someone thinking, "Where's the mother column?" Nevertheless, I don't like the dumb mother stereotypes any more than those about crones. Or about young adults, who supposedly are just unintelligent young-uns, whose only merits are vigor and passion.
The mother is - - Egad! - - always portrayed in pageants as an unattractive woman holding a bowl of fruit and crying out, "My son, my son, he has died, he is gone!" I'm not knocking mothering, but that's not all there is to the archetype. Some women don't bear children. Just as important, not all women are the nurturing mom type. For example, they don't want to be a nurse; they want to be a doctor. Or they don't choose to be the faithful assistant who hands the great man his coffee; they want to be the kick-ass warrior who's in the battle herself. The Great Mother Goddess is not just the mommy: she's also the Matriarch.
Furthermore, there's a threefold God and he isn't just the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The seasons unfold in the God I know, just as they do in the Goddess.
Therefore, this column is a place to write about parenting, mentoring, and any other issues you you you you you consider relevant to midyears. Sigh: Since I felt obliged to add this column to round out the triad, I'm implying an endorsement of its limits. Yet the column topics I just delineated are not exclusive to midyears. Nor is God(dess) only threefold: She is endlessly endless in Her aspects. As are humans. Nor is . . . And . . . Nor . . . So, this is the column for now, with all its problems; we gotta start somewhere - - I hope this start is useful to you.
* Column: Fashion Faeries
Okay, if it isn't fun, it isn't Fey! Nowhere is that more obvious then when it comes to dolling 'n' duding up. Write about glitter, glam, and magical style, whether it's your hair, nails, clothes, tattoos, jewelry, or . . .
* Column: Wandering & Wondering
The Free Fey is a wanderer. Whether the terrain is the uncharted territory of your own mind or new life adventures, you go where mystery calls. In paradox, you always have a home: both within your heart and with the Faerie Queen and King.
Every mystical vagabond has a unique journey. Nevertheless, after your gadabout, it's important to share about it with folks who understand in their own way. This column is a chance for that sharing. For example, what has life taught you recently? Or perhaps something amusing happened today? Did you read a great book? Wanna review a film?
In other words, "Wandering & Wondering" is yet another column in which to write whatever you want!! Hee, hee. The point of Faerie Nation's mag is to be inclusive of DIFFERENT people's visions of LIFE and MAGIC and SEX and . . . because there is always something juicy going on between your ears. We are all fabulous creative thinkers.
* Column: The Trouble With Being Fey - - A Troubleshooting Column
The magazine is a celebration of magical diversity. However, to have
fun, we also need to feel safe. This column is a way we can share
solutions to problems that many of us confront. For example, How do we
get by without our friends all thinking we are nuts? If you're the sort
of Fey-touched spirit who likes their mysticism wild, on the edge, and
totally out there, what do you do to stay safe, sane, and psychically
whole? What does it mean to be a mixed-blood human, both human and Fey?
Thank you for your submission. Yes, indeed! I hope the magazine will be
a venue for the "oddest" visionaries.
Yours in the Service of the Faerie Queen,
Francesca De Grandis
Copyright 2006, Francesca De Grandis. All rights reserved. No part of
this document may be reproduced without written permission.
Confluence has been fun so far. I played Mafia with the new Alphans, who seem interesting. Last night I ended up talking to Zan in the con suite until 3 am. We went there a few hours earlier, and while we were standing around getting food and talking, this guy sitting alone at a table with his laptop seemed very amused by our conversation. When we sat down, he joined us, because apparently out of all the weird conversations he'd heard, ours was the weirdest. So we just carried on, and this other guy kept walking by the table when I'd say the most questionable things (like "my wood isn't big enough" - talking about making golf sound like innuendo, and "if I was a 63-year-old male virgin..."). Then we started taking turns drawing random things in Zan's notebook and writing the word "porn" all over the place (it's just a fun word!). Fun times.
When I got back to the room, everyone was asleep, and it was dark so I couldn't see the beds very well. On one of the beds, I couldn't tell if there was one person or two on it, but there was space on one side, so I crawled onto the bed with ninja stealth and lay on the side. A couple minutes later, Megan rolled over, wondering if I was Slade (who was on the floor), and asked me why I was lying on the edge of the bed when there was a lot of room on the other side. There were a ton of blankets on the bed, and most of them were pushed over on the other side, so I had thought it might be another person. So that was my ninja stealth sleeping operation last night.
Today I've basically been going to panels, hanging out with people, and getting poked in the forehead. Apparently wearing a Naruto forehead protector (um, along with the panda ears and the Naruto shirt, since I'M A HUUUUUUUUGE NERD except not huge) makes people want to punch or poke me in the forehead (hey, the protector works well for that). And people who weren't there the first year or two of Alpha keep asking about the panda ears. The explanation can be found here, from back in the days when I was too lazy to use the shift key when typing emails and posts. The downside to wearing panda ears is that people over the age of 30 often assume it's a furry thing. I am NOT a furry. I'm just a panda pimp (though I didn't bring the sword cane this year).
1. Elaborate on your default icon.
That picture was taken my sophomore year of college, when Nick and I randomly decided to go to the homecoming dance - he wore a skirt, and I wore a habit.
2. What's your current relationship status?
3. Ever have a near-death experience?
4. Name an obvious quality you have.
5. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
actually, I don't have one in my head right now, which is unusual
6. Any celebrity you would marry?
maybe Daniel Radcliff (not only is he Harry Potter, but he's ALSO a soon-to-be psychologically disturbed naked stable boy, which is TOTALLY my type, or would be my type if I was an adulterous, gold-digging, purely insane old lady)
7. Who will cut and paste this first?
someone else who feels like wasting time
8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
When I was in 7th grade, someone told me I looked like Alanis Morrissette.
9. Do you wear a watch? What kind?
no, I don't like wearing things on my wrists
10. Do you have anything pierced?
no, though I had my ears pierced 15 years ago
11. Do you have any tattoos?
12. Do you like pain?
13. Do you like to shop?
14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
probably food of some sort
15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit/debit card?
I think a case of Mike's
16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
Nick, he was supposed to show up today, but I guess he decided to stay at home doing nothing again
17. What is on your desktop background?
Totoro! It's insanely cute.
18. What is the background on your cell phone?
shades of green
19. Do you like redheads?
They're cute, but I agree with Brandon - they're batshit insane.
20. Do you know any twins?
21. Do you have any weird relatives?
I AM the weird relative. In a family where half of us are weird to begin with.
22. What was the last movie you watched?
I think it might have been "The Devil Wears Prada," with Rose and JC
23. What was the last book you read?
I don't know, I haven't been reading enough lately (shame on me!). Good thing I'm at Confluence, where I'll probably end up spending most of my cash on books I won't read for another 5 years or so...