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Taking Submissions: What Remains: Margaret Garner

August 20, 2021

Deadline: August 20th, 2021
Payment: $200 and a contributor’s copy (as noted by their social media, not their call.)
Theme: medieval grimoires, collections of ancient and/or obscure spells, alchemy, symbols, and all things odd and gnostic

Our latest anthology series is inspired by medieval grimoires, collections of ancient and/or obscure spells, alchemy, symbols, and all things odd and gnostic. We divide the book into thematic chapters based around the four elements: fire, water, earth, and air, with a fifth “ether” thrown in to catch the truly undefinable. Thus, although the elemental structure of the book should not determine the story, preference will be given to submissions that best fit and reflect the alchemical, elemental theme of the collection.

For more specifics, take a look at the structure and content of our first grimoire anthology, Birthing Monsters, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Margaret Garner Links/Resources:

  1. http://library.cincymuseum.org/aag/bio/garner.html
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Speaks-Margaret-Garner-Mark-Reinhardt-ebook/dp/B005MX7DS2/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=margaret+garner&qid=1622861440&sr=8-3
  3. https://ohiomemory.ohiohistory.org/archives/876
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Gendered-Resistance-Slavery-Margaret-Studies/dp/0252079426/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=margaret+garner&qid=1622861440&sr=8-4
  5. https://www.soapboxmedia.com/features/Margaret-Garner.aspx


Human beings comprise earth’s only death cult.

Since the beginning of recorded history, we have regarded our dead with love, reverence, fear, hatred, sorrow, awe. We have performed elaborate burial rights and sacred rituals. Despite the profound silence of the corpse, we seek to speak with the dead, see them, engage with them through mysticism and supernatural belief.

We also hope, not for the finite decay of those which we love, but for its opposite: that they live on after death, and that we will, too. In the fatal knowledge of our own certain demise begins the very human quest to not simply prolong our earthly lives as long as possible, but to extend our existence into some as yet still imagined eternity.

In Firbolg Publishing’s second grimoire collection, we bring together an eclectic mix of folklore, literature, anecdotes, artwork, letters and historical documents, and bizarre facts and fiction to explore centuries’ worth of attitudes, expressions, and eccentricities regarding life/death, the afterlife, and the thrilling, terrifying spaces in between.

Featuring artists both past and present, we take readers on a deep dive into the uniquely human way of exploring, experiencing, and expressing the Great Mystery of existence, the synergy of which creates both the beautiful blessing and terrible tragedy of our living, dying, and of that which we leave behind.

What remains…

submission email: [email protected]

Submission Deadline: 20 August

Publication Date: October 2021

Via: Firbolg Publishing.ser


August 20, 2021