Dreaming Saturn Accepted for H & T Saturnalia Opener
It seemed an interesting fit even if, technically, too long. The guidelines did say poetry was to be no more than 100 lines, while my “Dreaming Saturn” was more like 170. It was also a reprint, but that would be okay, having originally been published in White Wolf’s 1994 anthology DARK DESTINY. And the venue was fascinating:
the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.
an occasion of wild revelry.
noun: saturnalia; plural noun: saturnalias
A time of revelry and reversal, Saturnalia represents the breakdown of what has been deemed the natural order. HYPERION AND THEIA’s inaugural volume wants stories and poetry that runs the gamut of genres and turns expectations on their heads. Submit a fantastical murder-mystery set in the biggest carnival in Atlantis. Wow us with a sweeping romance in space where gods and goddesses serve their creations after a bloody war. Deadline January 31st, 2017 11:59 EST.
So, caution to the wind and all that, Saturday, December 3 I sent “Dreaming Saturn” in, apologizing for the length but hoping it still could be considered. Today, six days later, came the reply: I would be happy to include your poem in the upcoming anthology! I think it would make a great opening. Please give me a few weeks to get back to you so I can close out submissions. I would need your PayPal address and preferred digital format (ePub/mobi/PDF) in the mean time. I’ll come back with a sample contract for you to review.
And there we are, not just in the show but possibly even the opening act! For which, a merry pre-holiday to HYPERION AND THEIA Editor Olivia, and the moral: once in a while it’s worth taking a chance.