VOLUME I, ISSUE II

 Deadline is August 1, 2014. Issue will be released in October, 2014. 

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.


  • We accept only original, unpublished work.
  • No more than 8 pages of poetry, or 3 pages of prose/fiction. Anything after that will not be read or considered for publication. Our editors are very picky about prose, so if you're submitting some, make us swoon! We do not accept translations, but will consider parodies.
  • Upload your file as a .doc, .docx, or .txt file - we do not accept .pdf's.
  • We accept work as is, so please make sure it is fully edited and polished to your best abilities before submitting.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere by using the form below and choosing "Withdrawal" from the drop down.
  • We do accept work from writers we have previously published. 
  • Please allow anywhere between 2-4 months to receive a response regarding your submission.
  • If your work is chosen for publication, White Stag Publishing LLC reserves First American Rights. You will also receive one copy of the printed journal as payment for publication.



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