• Michelle Simkins

Call for Submissions: Living with the Gods

Hagstone Publishing is now accepting submissions for its forthcoming anthology, tentatively titled Living with the Gods: Polytheism in Practice.

Please read ALL of the following details before submitting.

What we are looking for

  • Essays, poems, short stories, rituals, and other forms of writing focused on the practice of polytheism as a belief in and worship of many gods

  • Explorations of day-to-day polytheistic practice as well as the celebration of holy days

  • Explorations of how one applies ancient lore and practices to contemporary life

  • Stories of personal experiences/encounters with deity

We will not accept

  • Discussions of gods as archetype or metaphor (we consider this to be psychology or pantheism, not polytheism)

  • Discussions of all gods as faces of one god (we consider this to be a form of monotheism)

  • Pieces which celebrate cultural appropriation

Further expectations

  • If your work claims to describe or discuss traditional practices from a specific culture, please cite your source(s).

  • If your work includes Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG), make it clear you are relating personal experience rather than cultural tradition.

  • We don’t require academic or scholarly writing, but please be aware your work will be proofread rigorously. We will make every effort to preserve your writing style and voice, but we expect you to be comfortable with having your work edited. There is also a chance we will request partial rewrites for clarity before accepting your work for publication.

Submission instructions

  • Prose pieces should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

  • Poetry should be less than 6 pages single-spaced.

  • Email your submission to submit@hagstonepublishing.com.

  • Use the subject line LWTG SUBMISSION [YOUR NAME].

  • Include the text of your submission in the body of the email. We will not open attachments. If your submission is long and you are concerned about the size of the email, send a query letter first, and we’ll make arrangements to read your full submission if we are interested.

  • Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2019.


We will pay a flat rate of $10 U.S. currency per accepted submission. Payment will be remitted via PayPal within 60 days of the anthology’s publication. Authors will also receive a digital copy of the anthology and may request one additional copy for a family member or close friend.


Authors will retain the copyright to their work. Should we wish to use any portion of an author's work in the future, we will contact them to negotiate terms first.

Previously Published Work

We may accept pieces which have previously been published as part of a larger work, but we do not accept work which has previously been made available for free on line.

Please contact us with any questions.

Please contact us with any questions.

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