ISSUE THE THIRD
Relevant dates for Issue the Third Submissions
June 28th: Issue the Third submissions open. (Please do not submit before this time)
August 11th: Issue the Third Submissions close.
Who should submit to Wyrd & Wyse?
Anyone who identifies as woman/femme/genderfluid/non-binary and a witch (we'll accept "witchy" or "witchy leaning" as well). We prioritize witches writing from the margins. This means that we encourage BIPOC, neurodivergent witches, LGTBQUIA+ witches, disabled witches, fat witches, immigrant witches, etc. to submit.
We are committed to promoting marginalized voices and voices that don't already have a large platform or following -- though of course we love hearing from the heavy hitters too. However, we are very interested in letting new blood, so to speak, into the witchy publication arena. We want to give folks who aren’t already having their work seen and heard a platform.
Please, if you primarily identify as a cis-man, do not submit or make inquiries about submission. We are not in any way, "haters" of cis-men, but we do not publish their work. Especially please do not use the terms non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc. to gain entry to this publication without *actually* identifying this way -- this is a gross violation of what we do, and we are very protective of our mission.
What is the reading circle looking for?
Brass tacks? We're looking for short fiction and essays, short creative non-fiction, poetry, and illustrations/art. More info on the specifics of that below, but let's take a minute to discuss theme and content.
Issue the Third’s theme is “Reaping.”
In Issue the Second we called for submissions about transition and transformation, kicking off an interest in what we see as a growth process on multiple levels, from the personal to the political we see there’s an active conversation happening about how we change, both collectively and individually. Growth and change are often cyclical processes, and in that vein, for this issue we want to discuss a stage we often overlook: the process of reaping what we’ve sown.
Often in witchy circles, we give lots of attention to the transformation process, setting intentions and discussing manifestation techniques, but we don’t always talk about what happens when the transformations we’ve been cultivating take shape and come to fruition. What happens when it’s time to to harvest and gather? Is this a time of beginning or ending? Or both? How do we integrate? How do we stay in that moment without immediately pushing back the goal posts?
Looking at this from another angle, we often talk about “reaping” and “harvest” as joyful times, full of abundance. What about other facets of this idea? We live in a time where we are actively dealing with the consequences of systemic policies and actions that are violent and filled with terror. We are living in the reaping of what our ancestors have sown; how do we strategize and cope with that? How do we plan for a future where our descendants are not bound to reap the terrifying consequences of the events we set in motion now?
The ambiguity of this topic, and the multitude of ways to approach it interests us, and we are looking for pieces that shake us loose from the traditional ways of thinking about reaping and harvest and push us into new modalities of thinking about and understanding the idea of what happens when we’ve curated, cultivated and sown ideas, processes and systemic thought. What happens when the reaping comes for us?
points of inspiration
cutting * exclusions * choosing * consequences of actions * rewards for actions * work * harvest * crops * fruits of labor * end results * gathering * scythes * blades * sharp edges *in the cut* abundance * cropping * reaper * deities of death, harvest and abundance * tales of exclusion * tales of dire consequences * tales of vast reward * relationship between abundance, harvest and death * rituals for reaping * rituals for success * death rituals * harvest rituals * cord Cutting * boundary setting (ritual or otherwise) * generational trauma * coping strategies for reaping times * who benefits from the reaping? * who is excluded from the benefits? *
What we are not Interested in
Anything depicting graphic or gory violence. Anything that uses rape for shock value. Anything to do with yoga. Anything to do with angels. Anything that demonizes sex workers or sex work. TERF and SWERF ideologies are NOT welcome in this publication. Anything that holds up white fragility or supremacy. Stories of deities outside of your cultural/ancestral traditions/knowledge. White people writing about "shamanic" experiences of any kind-- this includes anything about ayahuasca/sweat lodges or other indigenous tradition). White people writing about BIPOC cultures and their religions as though they are their own. White people writing about anything appropriative. Anything that essentializes body parts as integral parts of gender identity (i.e. penis = men/masculine womb/vaginas = women/feminine).
How should you submit?
We are happy to consider publishing work that has not been published elsewhere. If your work is published elsewhere during the submission period, please let us know and we will remove you from the running in our selection process.
TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS
Original Artwork: Artwork must be in high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) and in true black and white to be considered. We are not currently publishing high resolution color painting or photographs -- though we will consider collage work if it is in black and white. We tend to favor black and white illustrations because they print crisply and go with our overall aesthetic. Especially with artists, we like to see a digital portfolio website or social media where we can see your other work.
Short Writing: We accept submissions of short essays, short fiction, short creative nonfiction. Please keep submissions under 3,000 words.
Poetry: Please feel free to submit up to 2 poems. We may pick and choose or print all you submit, depending on space.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION
Email all submissions to Editrix@wyrdandwyse.com
We love creative subject lines. Draw us in!
Include any written submissions as body text in your email -- not as an attachment, please.
You may attach original artwork.
Include a short 3-5 sentence bio, written in the third person, telling us about yourself and your work, as well as a list of public social media and any public websites where we can see your work displayed (even if it's just a blog!). This will be published along with your work if you are accepted, so please make sure it is polished and what you’d like us to see.
Please use these formatted headings in your email to make things easy on the Editrixes:
*Please note that if submission guidelines are not followed we will not consider your work for publication.
How do we choose?
Starting in Issue the Third, Wyrd & Wyse will begin employing a small circle of readers who are intimately acquainted with the goals and mission of the publication. We will choose together what goes into this issue.
We will be reading for Issue the Third during the week of August 12th and will not be responding to queries about submissions until after the 22nd.
- Part of our process is to anonymize each submission before the Circle reads it. No one in the circle has your personal information at the time of our reading period, or even knows who you are, unless they are already personally acquainted with your work. Circle members' identities remain a secret.
- As a policy, we do not respond to queries about submissions until the reading unless you are writing to tell us your work has been accepted elsewhere, and then we will heartily congratulate you. Otherwise, we send acceptance and rejection letters after the Circle has completed the reading period and voted.
- If we reject your work, please do not take it as a personal slight. We reject for many reasons, many of which have nothing to do with the quality of your work.
While we can't offer the moon, we value our contributors' work. We offer the following to our contributors as a huge thanks for being a part of the magic:
Free Contributor Copy of the issue you are published in
Free advertising space in the back pages
Shoutouts on our social media
$15.00 and lots of smoky prayers for your continued success, and your name sung to the hot summer wind
We are sorry, in advance, that we cannot publish everything we receive and we encourage you to submit new work for future issues if yours is not selected this time.
We request first print rights. These are returned to you after six months and you are always free to publish your work elsewhere. We may request rights in the future to re-print for anthologies or omnibus compilations. You have the right to refuse.