Submissions

We welcome submissions within the remit of Abraxas, which is international esoteric culture, past and present. We invite possible contributors, especially in the case of written work, to contact us informally in advance. Below are out outlines for written and art submissions. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss if you feel you’d like to.

Written Work

Abraxas publishes pieces in a range of genres:

* essays
* journalistic pieces
* scholarly articles
* poetry

1. Essay and Journalistic Articles

Essays from magical practitioners reflecting on their practice and their communities form an important strand in the journal. Essays focussing on praxis, personal imagination, and self-reflection are especially welcome. Prose style may range from the journalistic to the formal to the fluidly poetic.

Abraxas editorial policy is guided by the premise that we publish the sharing of experience, not politics. We therefore cannot accept articles whose purpose is to involve the reader in claims of lineage, occult affiliation, or rivalries between factions. An essay may not serve to advertise an order, magical group, or section thereof. Even non-controversial factual claims about affiliation must be common knowledge, and verifiable. No affiliations will be published without the permission of the individual concerned.

Abraxas does not publish how-to essays, in which the author guides the reader in a teacher mode through a meditation or ritual; this genre is well-represented on the internet and in instructional books available on the market.

2. Scholarly Articles

Articles submitted are to be of scholarly standard, but clear enough for the intelligent general reader. We are interested in unusual and under-explored corners of culture, history, folklore and anthropology that will be of interest to contemporary occultists and the scholars who study them and the history of Western Esotericism.

Scholars: our style is less academic than that of an academic journal, and it is hoped it is a forum for placing small pieces of research that might not fit in the mainstream of your subject. If you have work that you think would be of especial interest for people who love, live and breathe magic, do contact us.

Independent researchers: we value independent research, but expect that contributions will be thoroughly grounded in the discipline and area to which they pertain, be it history, anthropology, art history, philosophy or theory. We often refer submissions to subject experts in the decision-making process.

Please Note: Illustration Guidelines

Writers are encouraged to recommend or supply source images to support their written work. These may be illustrative or informative. CMYK or Grayscale files in TIFF format are preferred, with a minimum resolution of 300dpi and maximum width of 250mm. Details of copyright should be supplied with all images submitted for use.

Graphic Work

Topics and themes of graphic submissions to Abraxas should fall within the purview of the journal’s stated areas of coverage. Potential contributors are welcome to contact the editor prior to creating something specifically for submission.

Graphic work is considered in any medium, but the following genres are welcome:

* drawing
* painting
* print-making
* photography
* digitally-manipulated images
* collage
* mixed media compositions
* typographic design

Guidelines

We are interested in submissions from both professional and amateur artists who seek to convey something of the magical qualities evident at the threshold of personal experience. Work with themes that echo solitary or group praxis is particularly welcome, but not essential. We seek the strange, ethereal, poignant, evocative and bold.

Abraxas editorial policy is guided by the premise that we publish the sharing of experience, not politics. We therefore cannot accept graphic material when the ownership of copyright is in dispute, or held by an undisclosed third party. Graphic work may not serve to advertise an order, magical group, or section thereof, nor can the living be satirised. Photographers employing models will be expected to provide a copy of the usual model release form. No affiliations will be published without the permission of the individual concerned.

CMYK or Grayscale files in TIFF format are preferred, with a minimum resolution of 300dpi and maximum width of 250mm. Details of copyright should be supplied with all images submitted for use.

Our Submission Form may be found here.