Info and Submission Guidelines
Brigid, Brigit, Brid, St. Brigid, Brigantia, however you call Her, is historically found throughout Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany (the six Celtic nations), as well as various places in England, such as Glastonbury. She is probably most well-known as a pre-Christian Goddess and a Patroness Saint of Ireland. In Her incarnations as goddess and saint, She is associated with perpetual flames and holy wells, poetry, smithing, medicine and healing, arts and crafts, cattle and other livestock, and more. Some of Her many correspondences include the swan, cow, fox, serpent, sheep, the colors green, blue, red, orange, and white, the cloak, dawn, Spring, fire and water. Imbolc, the fire festival associated with the goddess Brigid, is observed on February 1st, a date that coincides with Saint Brigid’s feast day.
Emigration forms much of the modern history of the Celtic nations. Over the last few centuries, people from every Celtic nation have scattered all over the world for many reasons, including economic hardship and political and religious oppression. It has been estimated that today there could be as many as 70 million people of Irish descent globally, with a further 20 million people claiming Scottish ancestry. There are also several millions of people of Welsh, Breton, Manx, and Cornish ancestry spread across the Americas and Australia. Overall, there are 100 million+ people internationally who can claim descendancy from a Celtic nation. Additionally, an estimated 3.5 million English immigrated to the U.S. after 1776. We can say with fair certainty, when those immigrants left their native lands for distant shores, they carried with them their deities, lore, art, songs, recipes, poetry, and traditions. In that manner did the beloved Brigid travel far and wide, and today continues as goddess and saint for millions of people around the world.
In honor of Brigid’s global presence, and with the intent of manifesting an anthology that informs and serves, we are searching for creative expressions of devotion from those who hold Her dear, in part due to their heritage. If you’re a devotee of Brigid and also a descendant of immigrants from one or more of the six Celtic nations and/or England, we’d love to see and read your experiences as such! Read on for details on how to contribute to this project!
- Title TBA
- Anthologists: Cairelle Crow and Laura Louella
- Submission Deadline: March 21, 2021
- Expected Publication: Spring 2022
- $25 per Accepted Submission
- Name/Bio in Book
- Free Contributor Copy
- Discount on Additional Copies
- 100% of profits will be donated to charity
In the form of black/white art and photography, songs, poetry, recipes, rituals, and short stories, we want the reader to experience Brigid as She is celebrated today by the descendants of those brave immigrant travelers of old. Submissions should creatively detail how ancestral heritage influences devotional practice, art, food, song, tradition(s), and/or every day life in regard to Brigid.
The anthology is planned with a strong emphasis on Brigid as goddess but entries that focus on Brigid as saint are very welcome!
WRITING FOR A GOOD CAUSE
In the spirit of service and as a nod to Brigid as a triple goddess, 100% of profits in equal portion will be donated to three 501(c)3 organizations in the USA. The first, Rebuilding Together/She Builds, is a collaboration dedicated to advancing housing and community issues affecting women. The second, American Immigration Council, is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose legal, education, policy and exchange programs work to strengthen America by honoring its immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future. The third, First Nations Development Institute, works to improve economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance & training, and advocacy & policy. All three non-profits have a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator.
SUBMISSION INFO AND GUIDELINES
- Art and photography should be black and white, in a portrait orientation.
- Poetry and songs should have a maximum 500 words.
- Recipes and rituals should include a short description or back story that ties them in with the theme.
- Short stories should range between 1000 and (roughly) 5000 words.
- Art and photography submissions should be attached to the email, with your name and the title as the file name. (Example: SmithBrigidsWell.jpg)
- All other submissions should be in .docx format and attached to the email, with your name and the title as the file name.
- Up to five (5) pieces may be submitted simultaneously, within one email, for consideration. No multiple submissions, please.
- Add a short description in the body of the email, by title, for each submission.
- All submissions must be in English, original, and previously unpublished.
- Font size 12, Times New Roman (or Times), single spaced, is appreciated.
- Include your legal name, your mailing address, your pen name, a 50-words-or-less author bio, along with links to your website and social media channels, in the body of the email.
- If you’re able, also include an ancestral couple or a single ancestor of yours, along with their Celtic nation of origin, or England. Use the woman’s surname prior to marriage as part of her name (if known). For example, “Hugh Rowan and Mary Meehan Rowan of Ireland” or “Elizabeth Ann Adamson of England.”
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read “Brigid Anthology (Submission Title, Author Name).” All submissions are juried, no guarantee of publication is made. Notification of decision will be sent via email no later than March 31, 2021. Detailed contract info will be provided after acceptance.
We look forward to admiring your art and photos and reading your rituals, recipes, stories, songs, and poems. Thank you for sharing in our excitement to shine on Brigid with this unique spotlight!
Cairelle and Laura