The white stag is a symbol that resonates throughout many cultures and mythologies. Each volume of White Stag will be themed around one short phrase/prompt that we find particularly compelling about the symbol. How you choose to interpret the prompt is entirely up to you.
BEYOND THE TABOO
In Celtic mythology, the white stag was believed to have appeared when one was transgressing a taboo. For Issue II, we want writing that goes beyond the bounds of the taboo whether stylistically or in content. We want to explore cultural and societal taboos and tap into those "otherworldly" traditions, rituals, and lifestyles that may be deemed unacceptable or strange to American culture. Explore the idea of the taboo as behavior too consecrated or accursed for an individual to undertake, with the threat of supernatural consequences. Feel free to use this symbol of the white stag to lead us there. We want to explore all of these ideas with a deep appreciation for the culture(s) they represent and without being blatantly offensive.
This theme is widely open to interpretation, but we will ABSOLUTELY NOT consider any of the following content: animal cruelty, erotica, rape fantasies, pedophilia, homophobia, womanizing/manizing, racism or discrimination against one or more groups, and NO murder pieces. No exaggerated thoughts about murder, no acts of murder, and no murderous rants. If it is a small part of the back story or history of the piece, that is fine, but we are not here to explore an episode of Criminal Minds. Sexual content will only be considered if it's written in good taste, without being overly cliche or crude.
Ideas to consider can include, but are not limited to: taboo in itself, superstitions, oddities, supernatural beings/creatures (please, no vampires), possession and exorcism, mythologies and legends, tribal traditions, religious rituals, snake handling, talking in tongues, body mutations or modifications, stylistic approaches (i.e. unusual symbolism, experimentation in form, rhyme scheme, etc.), and/or occupational taboos.
PLEASE READ ALL OF OUR GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. IF ALL OF THE GUIDELINES ARE NOT MET, YOUR PIECE(S) WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION.