Announcing: Agon for Apollon

Who may enter?  Any writer or artist (of any caliber and any medium) may enter this agon.  I will eat the shipping charges to wherever you live if you win.  Good luck!

What can you enter?  You can enter any prayer, poem, piece of artwork, academic or personal essay, or photograph that follows the guidelines of the CfS for the devotional – the piece must be dedicated to one of Apollo’s epithets and has to have been created specifically for this agon.  Call upon the muses and create something new or significantly revise an old piece.  This is an honor system – you are the judge of whether an old piece has been revised enough to have become a new piece.  All submissions to the agon will also be considered for the devotional.  You will retain the rights to the piece only giving me permission to publish it here and potentially publish it in the devotional.

What can you win?  First prize will be a custom blended oil for the deity of your choice and a perfume bloom (not necessarily the one linked here).  Second prize will be a $10US gift certificate* to Snow Moon Spinnery.  Third prize will be a $5US gift certificate* to Snow Moon Spinnery.

When?  Submissions are open beginning now, March 31, 2017 and will remain open until midnight EST on April 30, 2017.

Where can you talk about this?  Feel free to spread the word to any groups that you are a part of.  Tell them about the devotional, too!

Why?  I love that Galina Krasskova and Lykeia have been hosting agons for a multitude of gods for awhile now.  I will host another one after this completes.  It will be for the Muses themselves.  I made that promise this past Noumenia.  As with most things I do, though, the first time I do it, it must be for Apollon.  In addition, I thought the added incentive might be just what some of you need to get working on your submissions for the devotional.

How can one enter?  Simply e-mail me (pythioumelissa at gmail dot com) your written work with the text preferably in the body of the e-mail or send me a photo of your artwork.  If you have written music and you’d like people to hear it in addition to seeing the lyrics or sheet music, please send me a link to a video of you performing it.  I cannot host the video, so you must upload it yourself and provide me with a link.  You can use youtube or any other service you prefer.

How will the winners be chosen?  I will post each submission as a separate post.  The submission with the most likes wins.  In the event of a tie, I will do divination to determine the winner.

*Due to the nature of Etsy’s coupon codes, which is the only way I can offer a gift certificate, there is a required purchase amount that is 10% higher than the amount of the gift certificate.  If they ever change this to allow us to offer real gift certificates, I will exchange the coupon codes for real gift certificates.


Shared Epithet – Aphrodite & Apollon

While I hope that the devotional will be filled with writing and art by devotees of Apollon, I also hope that devotees of other gods will explore the epithets that are shared by Apollon and the gods that they know and love best.  Aphrodite, the foam-born goddess of love, beauty, and so much more, also shares at least one epithet with Apollon.  I’ve extended the deadline for the devotional, so please, get to work!  I can’t wait to see what you create.

Aphrodite Hekaerge & Apollon Hekaergos (Απόλλων Εκάεργος), the Far-Shooting; Working of His/Her Own Free Will (Εχάεργος?); Working from Afar; Keeping Far Away; the One Who Works from Afar

Lykeia is currently running a poetry agon (contest) for poetry about or for Aphrodite.  So, go ahead, write a poem for Aphrodite.  Let Her poetry inspire you to learn about how She might be connected to Apollon Hekaergos.  Write, draw, paint – do whatever it is that you do.

Interested in Reminders?

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If you click here, you can sign up to receive a text message or an e-mail through which you will receive all of the reminders that I add.  I’m not keeping track of every extant festival from every area of the Hellenic world, but I will send out reminders for the monthly holidays that I observe – days set aside for each of the gods I worship as well as Deipnon, Noumenia, and Agathos Daimon Day.

I’ve already scheduled reminders for the next month, and if people are interested and sign up to receive the reminders, I’ll continue to update it.