26 May 2012

Call for Submissions: Hera Devotional Anthology

Post date: 26 May 2012
Deadline: 30 November 2012

We are interested in a wide variety of pieces, including (but not limited to) scholarly articles, short fiction, poetry, original translations of ancient texts, hymns, rituals, recipes, and artwork that pertains to Hera, her Roman counterpart Iuno (Juno), and her Etruscan counterpart Uni.

We strongly encourage those interested in submitting to explore the many facets of this complex goddess in their work, including but not limited to:

– Hera as Queen of Heaven, and the meaning and responsibilities of that position

– Hera as Queen of the Gods, and her relationships with other members of the pantheon

– Hera as Goddess of Marriage – Hera as Goddess of Women

– Hera as the wife of Zeus, and the dynamics of their relationship

– Hera as daughter of Rhea and Kronos

– a discussion of the relationships between Hera and her children Ares, Eileithyia, Hebe and Hephaestus, as well as Eris and Typhaon

– a discussion of Hera’s reaction to Zeus’ affairs, and her relationships with his lovers (eg, Leto, Semele, Io, et cetera)

– a discussion of Hera’s relationship with Zeus’ mortal and immortal offspring (eg, Apollon, Artemis, Herakles, et cetera)

– compare/contrast Hera, Demeter, Leto and Maia as divine mothers

– Hera as the matron Goddess of Argos and Samos

– Hera as the Goddess of heroes such as Jason and Herakles

– Hera as the Goddess of Cattle

– Hera as she is portrayed in the Homeric Hymns

– Hera as she is portrayed in The Iliad and The Odyssey

– Iuno as she is portrayed in The Aeneid, Metamorphoses, and other Latin works

– a discussion of the cow, bull, cuckoo, peacock, scorpion, poppy, and pomegranate as symbols of Hera

– a discussion of the origins and meaning of the name Hera (and/or Iuno, and/or Uni)

– Iuno as a member of the Capitoline Triad

– a discussion of Iuno’s various epithets, their meanings, and their implications (such as Lucina, Mater, Moneta, Regina, et cetera)

– the cultic links between Iuno and the wives of various Roman emperors

– compare/contrast the relationship between Hera and Herakles, and Iuno and Hercules

– a discussion of the iuno and genius, and lares and penates

Syncretisms between Hera and other God/dess/es are acceptable so long as the author clearly demonstrates this syncretism; for instance, a discussion of the differences, similarities and overlap between Hera and Goddesses such as Isis, Hathor, Asherah, Tanit, and/or Frigga.

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. 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 the name of the Hera, and production costs of 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, and the submissions period will run from 1 June 2012 – 31 November 2012, with the projected release date of January 2013: an auspicious occasion as it coincides with the celebration of the Theogamilia. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx or plain text/RTF attachment (for Mac users) with “Hera Devotional” in the subject line to lykeiasl@yahoo.com. Any artwork submitted should be scanned in or created at 300 dpi and sent as a .jpg or .tif file.

Please remember to include a by-line in your email: your name as you would like it to appear in the book!


For queries/ submissions: lykeiasl@yahoo.com
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