Saturday, June 25, 2011

Marian book anthology calls for submission

This is a call for submissions of creative nonfiction for an anthology tentatively titled, PILGRIMAGE TO MARIAN SITES.  The book will be edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard and published in the Philippines by Anvil Publishing.  Contributors will receive copies of the book as compensation for the use of their work.

The manuscript should be approximately 1,500-2,000 words.  This should be emailed to

The book will collect true accounts of pilgrim’s visits to Marian sites. The anthology will be something like a “tour guide” to other devotees of Mary who are interested in visiting Marian sites.

The editor is looking for well-written religious essays about people’s experiences when they visited Marian sites, in particular sites where Mary has appeared or where miracles have occurred because of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some of the questions that should be addressed are: Why did the person make the visit? Where is the Marian site located, some history of the site? What did the person do while at the Marian site? What did the person experience while there or after the visit? Did the person experience any emotional or physical healing? Did the person experience any psychological change as a result of the pilgrimage?

Some of the Marian sites are: Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje, Knock, Pontmain, Pellevoisin, Giertzwald, Beauraing, Banneux, Pais, Rome, La Sallete, Guadalupe, Syracuse, Vellankani (India), Montserrat, La Vang (Vietnam), Zaragoza, Ephesus, Loreto, Czestochawa, Philippine-sites, and many more.

The publisher is Philippine-based; contributors with a Filipino connection are preferred.

Deadline for submission is October 15, 2011.  Early submissions are welcome.  Please send your bio (approx. 150 words) in people-friendly narrative form.

ABOUT THE EDITORCecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author/editor of over a dozen books. (

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