Friday, 28 January 2011


Following the success of Datura: An Anthology of Esoteric Poesis, Scarlet Imprint, talismanic publisher of fine editions for the contemporary occult community, is pleased to announce plans for a second collection of esoteric poetry, to be titled Mandragora.

We are currently fielding poetry submissions from the global occult, magical and pagan communities for this work. Continuing in the same luminous, bejeweled tradition of excellence found in Datura, this new anthology will likewise combine a sampling of the best poetic work available from contemporary practitioners, as well as additional essays about the practice/performance of poetry, the role of poetry in devotional and ritual work, and the artistic culture of magic.

Our focus is on work that is ecstatic, fresh, well-crafted, and cuts to the heart of the savage beauty that runs beneath the surface of the observable world. Divine inspiration is unquestionably something we are looking for, but preferably with the acknowledgment that just because something came down directly from the aether of limitless potential, does not mean that it cannot be revised - to be honed and burnished until it shines like the star it was meant to be.

Work from a wide range of traditions/practices will be considered - Witchcraft, Magick, Hermeticism, Reconstructionist and Traditionalist Paganism, Thelema, Gnosticism, African Diasporic traditions, Shamanism, Folk practice, Rootwork, etc.

As evidenced in Datura, we are looking for ecstatic verse, praise poems, hymns, paeans, prayers, and free verse. We seek work that is experiential, expository, and raw. Work that penetrates the soul and worries it with its honeyed teeth. We want the best - shattering imagery, unhindered emotion, exquisite word-choice and keen attention to sound and rhythm. We are open to rhymed and form poetry if it is stellar. Longer poems will be considered, but we are looking primarily for a maximum of 50-60 lines. Work can be submitted in languages other than English, but must be accompanied by an English translation. Original work only - please do not submit translations or any other copies/editions/pieces of other people's work.

Submissions will be read and selected by collection editor Ruby Sara. To submit work to this project, please send 3-5 pieces of your best work along with a cover letter via email to Ruby Sara at Simultaneous submissions and previously published work will be considered - please include information of this nature in your cover letter. If you are interested in writing an essay for the collection, please contact Ruby Sara with a topic proposal.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011.

Feel free to forward this call for submissions to any relevant community and/or any individual you feel would be interested.


K. A. Laity said...

Is there any remuneration?

Scarlet Imprint said...

We offer a copy of the hardback in payment.

Stone Riley said...

Can I read some of "Datura" to see what you want? Otherwise it's just a guessing game deciding what to submit. Thanks. --Stone Riley

Scarlet Imprint said...

We don't have samples of Datura available online. If you want to familiarise yourself with our approach it would be best to read the interview with Ruby and drop her an email with any queries you have.

BlueManticore said...

I would really like to submit some of my poetry. Could you tell me what should be included in the cover letter when I send it? Thank you.

Scarlet Imprint said...

Just give a brief bio, along with your submission pieces.
Worth talking with Ruby in advance if you are considering writing an essay for the collection to make sure that it is on target.
Best of luck!

Brock Marie said...

I can imagine this will be a beautiful book. What rights are you asking for? Will reprint rights remain with the author?

Scarlet Imprint said...

All rights will remain with the author.
We only have first anthology rights for this, so the poetry stays yours, as it rightly should.

F.B. said...

Any news?

Scarlet Imprint said...

Letters will be sent out by Ruby Sara this week to all who have submitted their work for Mandragora.
We have been amazed by the quality of the submissions again and want to extend our best wishes to all the poets that have contributed their words and work to the collection.

Natalie Reed said...

Have only just now heard of this work (through "The Wild Hunt" blog). If by chance you decide to extend submissions, please advise, Thank you so much for supporting the arts!