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Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:41

Reviews

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Circle Magazine is now seeking reviews of Pagan media including books, music, film, decks, podcasts, e-books and other forms of expression.

Please include:

  • Full Title
  • Media Type
  • Author(s) Names
  • Publisher & year published
  • URL (if applicable)
  • A high quality image of the cover, box, logo, etc.
  • Your name (full name or magical name frequently used in Pagan circles only, please.  We do not publish anonymous reviews).
  • Statement of any conflicts of interest - do you know the author, work for the publisher, are of the same tradition or community, have a financial interest, etc..

 

Review Subjects: We are looking for reviews of Pagan books, music, film, decks, podcasts, e-books, and other media.  In very special circumstances we may also review media that is not specifically Pagan themed, but is of particular interest to the Pagan and Nature Spirituality community.  Circle Magazine does not review clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, food, herbs or any other non-media product.

Review Content:  Reviews should be 1500 words or under.  Your review should include a synopsis of the content of the media that is not less than a quarter of but not more than half of your total text.  

In addition to the synopsis, please include an analysis of the media's usefulness, execution and impact.  Ideas may include:

  • What is the artist's/author's background and expertise in the subject matter?  Have they published other work on the subject and how does that complement or differ from the current work.
  • What other media is out there that is similar to this?  How does it fit in the broader landscape of Pagan media and culture?  Does it fill a gap in what has been previously available, or complement other work in some way?
  • What is the historical context for this media?  Is it responding to ideas or events in the current Pagan community?
  • For books or other educational texts - where does the author derive her information?  What are his sources and how useful are they?  How does she back up assertions she makes?
  • Who do you think the best audience is for this media?  For example, a book for an experienced leader might be confusing for a new or converting Pagan, or a book of seasonal rituals designed for a group might be less use to a solitary.  Is this Tarot deck accessible to all or might some of the imagery be off-putting to non-Pagans?
  • To whom would you recommend this work?

 

Reviewer's Bio:  Please include a short (1-2 sentence) biography of yourself, including any background you may have that is relevant to the review.  A review of a book of mythology by a classics professor might be very different from a review of the same book by a priestess looking for ideas for her group's next ritual, or a father looking for stories for his children.  All may have valid observations and it is useful for the reader to know where you are coming from.

Review Tone:  Circle Magazine has very limited space to publish reviews - only a few pages, four times a year.  Therefore, we prefer to focus on bringing attention media that is of value or positive significance to the Pagan and Nature Spirituality Communities.  There are many other forums for warning people off shoddy or disappointing products.  While we do not include a rating system in our reviews, we ask that reviewers focus on those works that they would consider worthy of 4 or 5 stars - or a really interesting and significant 3.  That is not to say that everything you write about a given work has to be positive, it is often very useful for a reader to hear about drawbacks as well as successes, but we do want to focus on media that is on the whole worth considering.

Review Copies:  Circle Magazine accepts review copies of Pagan media.  For more information about what is done with review copies see the description of the Volunteer Review Team.  We cannot accept and do not review non-media products including jewelry, cosmetics, supplements, or food.  Review copies may be mailed to Circle Magazine Review Team, c/o Circle Sanctuary, PO Box 9, Barneveld WI 53507.  Review copies will not be returned.  To check if your product could be reviewed, please email editor@circlesanctuary.org.

How to Submit a Review:  Simply click here, fill out a few pieces of information about yourself, and upload the review!

Please feel free to contact us via email at editor@circlesanctuary.org if you would like more information or clarification on reviews for Circle Magazine.

 

 

Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:39

Regular Features

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The following sections regularly appear in CIRCLE Magazine. Please send in material for these sections as well as for the Forum Topic for each issue. Frequently, the material included in these sections relates to the Forum Topic, but this is not necessary. Also send photographs and artwork for each section.

Bardic Voices: Words and musical score for songs and chants. Fiction which could be used in storytelling. Reviews of Pagan recordings, as well as information (articles and photographs) about Pagan musicians and others working in the Bardic Tradition. Articles and photographs about present Pagan Bards that describe who they are, the creativity behind their Bardic magic, any recordings they have done, and where they will be performing in the near future.

Celebrating the Seasons: Invocations, poetry, short articles, rituals, and artwork of a seasonal nature.

Ecomagic: Reports of individual and/or group environmental projects, rituals, and other activities that have a spiritual component. Activities can be those you have coordinated and/or participated in.

Family Focus: Articles about the spiritual dimensions of family life; meditations, rituals, storytelling, music, and theater for youth and/or the whole family; reviews of relevant books and other resources; and descriptions of spiritual exercises or spiritual crafts for family members of all ages.

Gatherings: Announcements of regional, national, and international festivals, conferences, and gatherings that bring together Nature Spirituality people of many paths.

Herbcraft: Recipes for incense, oils, teas, amulets, and other herbal preparations for healing and helping magic. Be sure to include specific information on amounts of herbs needed and methods of preparation and use. Also articles regarding the lore associated with healing and helping herbs.

Inner Journeys: Transcripts of guided meditations, pathworkings, trance, and other spiritual activities for facilitating consciousness exploration. Include complete and clear instructions so that someone would be able to carry it out.

Invocations: Invocations to the Elements, to Deities, to Nature Spirits, etc. Incantations or spellworking chants can be for singing or speaking and can be accompanied by instructions for use. We publish seasonal poetry or poetry related to the theme of the Forum section. Please do not send us other kinds of poetry.

Lady Liberty League Report: The Lady Liberty League is a referral network of volunteers affiliated with Circle Network interested in helping out with Wiccan/Pagan/Nature Spirituality religious freedom cases. Send press clippings, reports, or tips about religious freedom cases.

Leader Skills: Leadership training articles for and by Pagan elders, group leaders, and teachers.

Magicraft: Articles about magic and transcripts of rituals, spells, meditations, and other spiritual work you have successfully performed. Include complete and clear instructions so that someone would be able to carry it out.

Nature Communion: Send us accounts of Nature mystic experiences, meditations, rituals, and other sacred activities involving contact with Nature spirits and/or oneness with Nature as a whole. Illustrations with Nature mystic themes are also welcome.

Nature Religions Around the World: News reports and other accounts of traditional and contemporary Nature Religions as they are currently being practiced by individuals and groups in various countries, bioregions, or other geographical areas.

Pagan Primer: Rituals, meditations, and articles suitable for those beginning their studies and practice of Paganism.

Pagan World News: Networking news and reports of efforts to broaden public understanding of Wiccan Spirituality and other forms of Paganism. Send us newsclippings, magazine articles, summaries of radio and television coverage, and reports of other positive efforts for both this column and our archives.

Pantheon: Articles exploring Deities, sacred concepts, beliefs, myths, symbols, and practices connected with various Pagan religions, ancient and contemporary, around the world.

Passages: Timely announcements of births, child blessings, coming of age ceremonies, weddings, handfastings, funerals, and other rites of passage you have performed or been a part of. Remember to include the names of principal people involved, locations and dates.

Rites of Passage: Transcripts of personal and community rituals and meditations that mark and facilitate transitions in the human life cycle. Include complete and clear instructions so that someone would be able to carry it out.

Ritual Tools: Articles, artwork, and/or photographs describing the creation and/or use of ceremonial tools in personal/group rituals, meditations, magical workings, and/or other forms of spiritual practice.

Sacred Sites: Articles, artwork, and photographs of sacred places. The places can be indoors or outdoors, and either naturally occurring or created by humans. Describe your impressions of the place and its spiritual significance, past and present.

Scholars Speak: Academic papers and reports pertaining to ancient and/or contemporary Paganism, Shamanism, Goddess Spirituality, Ecofeminism, and other forms of Nature Spirituality.

Traditions: Descriptions, artwork, and photographs of traditions, philosophy, symbols, customs, or other spiritual practices associated with a particular Wiccan, Druidic, Shamanic, Pagan, or other Nature religion group, community, denomination, or path.

 

Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:35

Cover Art

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Cover art should relate to the forum topic of the issue in which it is included.  Art should be in full color, and electronically submitted in as high a resolution as possible.  If you wish color art to be considered for an upcoming cover, please send a reproduction of the art and a description of the original so that we can determine its potential as a cover.

How to send images: We encourage you to submit art and photographs electronically.  Files should be in the form of .GIF, .TIF, .PNG or .JPG files, and as large as you can manage, preferably at 300 dpi.  Use our online submission form, or send to editor@circlesanctuary.org.  You must include your legal name, address, phone, and email for our records on all material you submit.  If you wish to be published under a different name, clearly indicate that on your material, too.

Designing Front Cover Art:  Image placement within the art is important.  We prefer to print covers that have 'edge to edge' interest, however the main focus of the art must be clear and visible behind the text on the cover and not clash or compete with the text.  To make this process easier for artists we've created a .PNG file that you can pngdownload here (425.59 kb) to test your cover image.  You can either include this file as a layer in a program such as Photoshop, or print it out and just hold it next to your art to see if your image will fit well.  

Size and resolution:  Our cover size is 8 3/8" x 10 7/8."  Please make sure that your image is at least 300 pixels per inch at this size.  For printing we also need to include a 1/2 inch bleed around the cover image, so please consider this when sizing your art.

Perks of being a front cover artist:  Chosen cover artists are given space for a short biography and a headshot in the issue of CIRCLE Magazine where their art appears. This can include contact information, including your email address or a link to your website.  You may also request a complementary 1/6th page ad for your art or other Pagan themed product in the advertising pages.  This ad is subject to the same rules as requirements and approval as all other CIRCLE Magazine advertising. For more information see the advertising page.

Back Cover Art:  CIRCLE Magazine now features seasonal festivals and upcoming events on the rear cover.  We are seeking full color art to be used on the back cover and to promote these events.  Upcoming festivals include Yule, Imbolc, Earth Day, Beltane & Pagan Spirit Gathering/Summer Solstice.  Unlike front cover art, suitable images will be compact and able to be centered within a circle on a black or white background.  Artists whose work is chosen for the back cover will also receive a complementary 1/6th page ad for your art or other Pagan themed product in the advertising pages.  Email editor@circlesanctuary.org for more information.

Please feel free to contact us via email at editor@circlesanctuary.org if you would like more information or clarification about providing art for CIRCLE Magazine.

 

Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:33

Image Submissions

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CIRCLE Magazine is always looking for original Pagan-themed art, particularly line art, which translates very well into our print format.  

How to send images: We encourage you to submit art and photographs electronically.  Files should be in the form of .GIF, .TIF, .PNG or .JPG files, and as large as you can manage, preferably at 300 dpi.  Use our online submission form, or send to editor@circlesanctuary.org.  You must include your legal name, address, phone, and email for our records on all material you submit.  If you wish to be published under a different name, clearly indicate that on your material, too.

Submitting art by mail:  Originals or hard copies of artwork may be mailed to CIRCLE Magazine, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507.  We strongly encourage you to make copies of art before mailing it to us!  We will do our best to take care of everything you send us, but CIRCLE Magazine's office are housed in a converted barn and occasionally mice and mold happen, to say nothing of the tender mercies of the postal service.  If you would like the original returned you MUST include a self addressed, envelope with correct postage.  Please do not mail photographs or film.

Colors: CIRCLE Magazine is printed in black and white, with color covers.  Color art or photos used within the magazine will be scanned as grayscale images. Please consider, when submitting an image that is originally in color, if it will translate well to black and white.  If you are not experienced with converting images to grayscale using a program such as Adobe Photoshop, please feel free to send your image in color and we will convert it for you.

Credits: Artists credits are listed on or beside the page in which your art appears. If your work has a title please include that, otherwise it will be listed as "Illustration by..." or "Photo by...".  Artist and photographer credits are also listed in the Artistic Credits section of the Magazine.  If you would like your contact information, which can include a phone number, email address or website to be printed in this section please include that information with your submission. Signatures within the work must be very subtle, or may be edited out.  Please remove all watermarks from photos.

Nudity:  CIRCLE Magazine has many readers in institutions such as schools hospitals and prisons that have visual content restrictions.  While we deeply value artistic freedom and honor the human body in all shapes, sizes and states, we also feel obligated to make our publication accessible to readers in more restricted settings.  Therefore we no longer publish images containing or suggesting nudity. This includes 'wearing' strategically placed clouds, scarves or leaves.  Many institutions also ban depictions of pubic hair.  We greatly appreciate artists who are able to work with us to strategically edit their work, and acknowledge that this does leave one with the impression that many Gods and Goddesses are very fond of wearing bicycle shorts and tank tops.  We ask their forgiveness and trust that they understand that the alternative would be to exclude many readers who have little access to other Pagan media or our spiritual community.

 

Saturday, 17 August 2013 17:26

Text Submissions

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Length and Format: Preferred article lengths are 1500-2000 words or 3000-3500 words.  The preferred format for submissions is: .doc files, single-spaced, 11-point Times New Roman.  Be sure to include two spaces between every sentence. 

How to Submit an Article:  All text submissions must be submitted electronically. Please do not send handwritten, typewritten or printed text.  We encourage submissions using our online submission form (preferred) or if that is not possible you may email your submission to editor@circlesanctuary.org.  You must include your legal name, address, phone, and email for our records on all material you submit.  If you wish to be published under a different name, clearly indicate that on your material, too.

Editing:  We reserve the right to edit and/or crop all material submitted to us. The layout of articles is a delicate puzzle and frequently articles must be edited to fit the space available or to conform with the standard format of CIRCLE Magazine. When possible, you will be notified if your article must be significantly reshaped in order to be included or you may be asked to redraft sections to better fit.  Your article may be reviewed by CIRCLE Magazine staff as well as members of the volunteer editing team.  Occasionally we also ask outside experts to review and give feedback on the content of an article prior to publication.

Biography: Submission of a brief (2-3 sentence) biographical paragraph is optional, but encouraged.  Biographies should be in the third person and may include contact information, such as an email address or personal website that you want published.

Citations and References:  Provide references for all material that is not your own thinking, or for any material that is quoted or referred to in your article   For citation formats please use the Chicago Manual of Style.  A quick reference for citations for various sources is available at http://citesource.trincoll.edu/chicago/  

Pagan Specific Style Guide: Names of religions or traditions, including the word 'Pagan' should always be capitalized.  Capitalization should also be used to designate principles such as 'Spirit' which are being used as proper nouns. Capitalization should not be used for emphasis.  Names of gods or goddesses should by capitalized.  The word 'god' or 'goddess' should be capitalized when referring to the God or the Goddess, but not when referring generally to 'some gods or goddesses.'  

CIRCLE Magazine does not have a preferred spelling for 'magic' or 'magick,' and will follow the author's prefrence.  In the case of other words, such as the names of holidays, which have multiple 'correct' or common spellings, CIRCLE Magazine will use the spelling preferred by the author.

Inclusivity:  Please be aware that CIRCLE Magazine's readers come from many paths and traditions within the Pagan and Nature Spirituality communities and try to keep your language inclusive. 

Poetry:  CIRCLE Magazine is delighted to print poetry (including songs or chants) by Pagan poets and bards.  Poems should address Pagan themes, nature, seasonal topics or the Forum topic.  Poems of all sizes are appreciated.  Be sure to clearly indicate where the line breaks are in your poem.  Also, double check your grammar - it can be very difficult for our editors to determine if a missing comma or extraneous capitalization is a deliberate artistic statement or just a typo.  We are happy to print short bios along with your poem.  

Promoting Author's Projects:  We love to work with Pagan authors, and CIRCLE Magazine is a great way to reach an interested audience.  While we occasionally do publish excerpts or chapters from Pagan books and blogs, we strongly prefer to publish original material.

We encourage you to draw from the material in your book or blog and rework it into an article format.  The format and writing style of a magazine article is often different then the format of book or blog post.  Magazine articles are generally shorter.  CIRCLE Magazine's length requirements are 1500-2000 words or occasionally, 3000-3500 words.  Articles may also have shorter paragraphs and use bolded text and 'pull out' lists or charts to draw readers' interest.

When developing an article from a book, it often works well to pick a specific topic from within your book and develop that into a stand-alone article.  For example, if your book is on Celtic Tree Magic, an article on the magical properties of Oak is likely to be more engaging in 2,000 words than trying to explain about all of tree magic in the same space. 

To credit your book,  please do include the title and publisher of your book in your bio. You can also include an email address or website for readers to find you or your book.  Just try to keep URLs as short and easy to type as possible.  (Example: Erin is the author of Celtic Tree Magic, forthcoming from Example Press.  Learn more at www.ErinsCelticTree.org)  While we generally do not print excerpts alone, you should feel free to use material from your book within your article.  For example you might reprint a chant, ritual or recipe and include an attribution to your book. 

While blogs are similar to magazines in many ways, the print format often means that magazine articles need to be much more concise than blogs.  You may want to use tools to shorten any URLs you wish to cite, as most of our readers receive their magazines in print format.  Please let us know if your article is adapted from a previously published blog post.  We will wish to note this in the magazine.

CIRCLE Magazine does occasionally publish reviews of new Pagan books, however at this time we have a very limited number of reviewers.  While Circle Sanctuary does accept review copies of books, we cannot guarantee that any book received will be reviewed in our publication.  We do NOT return materials submitted for review, whether reviewed or not.

If your book is already published, you may need to contact your publisher to inform them that you are submitting a related article to CIRCLE Magazine.  Please be sure you have the rights to all content that you submit to CIRCLE Magazine and include proper attributions.

Individual Spiritual Experiences, Memoirs and Personal Essays:  CIRCLE Magazine does publish some essays or articles focusing on personal spiritual experience,  however we generally include only one or two such articles in each issue.   Currently about half of the articles that we receive are personal essays, so there is considerable of competition for the small amount of page space we have for that type of writing.  This is not to discourage you from submitting your personal essay!  We are always looking for engaging, inspiring content.  However, even for essays that we would like to use, there may be a longer wait time for publication.

You also might want to consider if your idea for a memoir or essay might have some more universal lessons in it that you could rework into a more educational style article.  For example, if you had a profound revelation while at the Kiyomizu-dera in Japan, instead about writing about your experience directly,  could you write an article about that temple for our Sacred Places column?  Or if you had a deep communion with the Goddess Hestia could you write a guided meditation or personal ritual to help others connect with Hestia?  

Reviews:  CIRCLE Magazine is now accepting reviews of books, music, decks and other Pagan focused media.  For more information about submitting reviews, or having your material reviewed, please see our review page.

Illustration:  We encourage, but by no means require, authors to provide photos or art to illustrate their articles.  You may also wish to suggest short captions to go along with the images you send.  We will always try to use images sent by an author, however for layout or image quality reasons we may not be able to use every image sent.   If you are not the artist or photographer who created the image you are sending please obtain permission first and send the appropriate image credit. Do not embed image files in the word document, send them as separate files.  Please see the information on Image Submissions for more details.

Please feel free to contact us via email at editor@circlesanctuary.org if you would like more information or clarification about providing articles, poetry or other text submissions for CIRCLE Magazine.

 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:41

Submit a Rite of Passage Announcement

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CIRCLE Magazine publishes announcements of many kinds of Rites of Passage at no charge.  If you'd like to submit a Rite of Passage announcement, please use one of the forms below to ensure that we get all the details accurately.  Announcements may be edited for clarity and length.

 

Rite of Passage:

 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:40

Submit an Other Rite of Passage Announcement

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By clicking SUBMIT, I certify that I am, or am authorized by, the person(s) named in the submitted Passage or their legal next of kin to submit this information for publication. I further certify that I have permission of all the individuals named within to include their names for publication.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:36

Submit a Companion Animal Death Announcement

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:30

Submit a Human Death Announcement

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:21

Submit a Croning or Saging Announcement

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By clicking SUBMIT, I certify that I am, or am authorized by, the person(s) named in the submitted Passage or their legal next of kin to submit this information for publication. I further certify that I have permission of all the individuals named within to include their names for publication.

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