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[Dec. 12th, 2009|07:10 pm]
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Dead, Mad, or a Poet: A Journal to F(a)eri(e)

Are you divinely inspired? Are you mad? Are you a F(a)eri(e)? Do any of those sound like fun? Then this is the journal for you.

Articles are welcome, but this is not another Pagan mag about being Pagan, a witch, or even Feri. Scholarship, we love scholars, they are tasty, but this is not Pagan Studies. We are not trying to appeal to the Academy here, though we do love us some intellectual rigor at times. Send us art, send us poetry, send us moonshine, send us tales. Send us mythic reinventions and dream screeds. Send us strange treasures sent by bottle by your Muse and washed up on the beach of your soul. Send us shamanic ravings and maps into Faerie. Send us spells and rituals only if they have aesthetic merit, or are guaranteed to work.


You don't have to be a Feri initiate or student to write for us; nor do you have to be crazy. But it helps.

Poetry: 3-5 poems, any length. We prefer image-rich and evocative, loving attention to language...all of the things that make poetry good. We aren't attached to certain styles, but we know what we like.

Fiction: Any length up to 10,000 words. Microfiction or flash fiction welcome.

Non-fiction: Creative non-fiction on the general theme. Query for articles.

Art: Please. Specific details about format forthcoming.

Strange unclassifiable hybrid genre work: Yes.

If you are dead, and successfully submit work, we will certainly publish it, as long as it is in the public domain.


For the nonce, Dead, Mad, or a Poet will be available as a PDF file. We will explore other options as they become necessary or feasible. We would love to be able to provide it as an iPhone app, but lack the necessary technical skill. For now.


We perpetuate the age-old punk rock pulp tradition of paying our authors and artists in fame, glory, contributor copies, and the promise of cheese sandwiches. We promise to pay you in cheese sandwiches some time before you die, and you promise not to die. If you break your promise, we will visit your grave with a cheese sandwich, and weep a small tear.

We hope to some day pay our contributors in real money. To that end, this outfit needs to become a viable concern. To that end, we need you, the glorious reader, to contribute. More about that later.

Send submissions, queries, and PayPal contributions to deadmadpoet@gmail.com

About the Editor:

I am an initiate in the Anderson Feri Tradition. I am also a published writer and hold a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. I do this for fun.

[User Picture]From: arethinn
2009-12-15 12:52 am (UTC)
How would one go about laying hands on the finished product if one is not a contributor?
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[User Picture]From: elorie
2009-12-15 12:55 am (UTC)
I will be posting updates on this blog: http://deadmadorpoet.blogspot.com/

There will be a regular website soon, and by the release date (I am aiming for Beltane 2010) there will be ordering information and all of that good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: misslynx
2009-12-15 07:01 am (UTC)
I seem to be writing a certain amount of fairy-tale-ish fiction these days, via thousandcats. Here are a few:

At the Bottom of the Garden
Legend #1: The Circles of Archimedes & Legend #2: The Song of the Sea
Legend #3: The Unlocked Door

I think thus far Legend #3 is my favourite, though I have a certain fondness for "At the Bottom of the Garden" because it was the first bit of fiction I'd written in years. Anyway, if any of them look like something you might find appropriate for this, I'd be delighted. If I were going to pick one to submit, it would probably be Legend #2 and/or #3.

I'm also planning on doing more of the short legends, so by the time your deadline comes, there might be a lot more to choose from.

Oh, also: all of the above were written using one or more fragments of text from spam e-mails as an initial story seed: the random stuff they sometimes include to try and foil filters (and which is often excerpted from old novels). I always like getting those - it's like free random bits of creative inspiration via e-mail.
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[User Picture]From: elorie
2009-12-15 01:52 pm (UTC)
Those are very nifty, but generally speaking I would prefer pieces that aren't publicly accessible on the Internet already. I will have to write that into my submission guidelines...
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[User Picture]From: misslynx
2009-12-15 08:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK. No worries. At least if I know you find the general style I'm writing in these day to be appropriate for what you're looking for, I can write something specifically for your journal and not post it to TC.

I actually had a story idea pop into my head earlier today while I was in the shower that's unrelated to the current TC story project, and might be a good fit. When I write that one up, I'll submit it direct to you rather than posting it anywhere else first.

It's funny - I don't really tend to think of Thousand Cats as being "public", because it's a small community and mostly made up of people I know in RL, but it is on the Internet, and I don't usually lock my posts there, so I guess it really is... Something for me to keep in mind with anything else I might be thinking of eventually submitting for publication somewhere, I guess.
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