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Open Call: Novel Gnosis

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Readers of this blog have seen me write about "novel gnosis," insights I learned through writing my unpublished behemoth Some Say Fire. Talking with other writers about novel gnosis showed me that this experience is fascinatingly different for everyone. So many people were excited about the idea that it's turning into a book. I'm editing an anthology of essays about novel gnosis. 

Open call for nonfiction essays

Book Title: Novel Gnosis

Topic: Wisdom, spiritual insights, or religious epiphanies learned through writing fiction

Word Count of each essay: 4,000 to 8,000

Format: doc or rtf

Pay: Equal share of royalties divided by the authors

Publisher: Spero Publishing / Caliburn Press

Editor: Erin Lale

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Further details:

Each chapter will be an essay by a different author on what they've learned through inspiration to write fiction, through applying the universal truths of their lives to fiction, and other gnosis learned through the process of writing. Automatic writing, dreams and visions, rational realization gleaned from thinking a lot about one's life, characters taking on a life of their own, wherever this wisdom comes from, it all qualifies as long as it occurred due to writing fiction.

To submit:

Send your essay and a cover letter including a short author bio to:


Image: a wormhole made of books, via Public Domain Pictures at Pixabay 


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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


  • Jenn
    Jenn Monday, 29 February 2016

    Hi Erin,

    Does one's novel have to be completed at the time the essay is submitted or the book is released? I am 35K words into my book, but it will be a while yet until it is complete.

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Tuesday, 01 March 2016

    Hi Jenn,

    Your fiction doesn't have to be finished, as long as you learned something from it.

    :) Erin

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Wednesday, 01 June 2016

    Deadline extension: Deadline is extended to the END of June 2016.

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