Good news, everyone!

We are publishing a sequel to the much-acclaimed Thy Geekdom Come: 42 Fandom-Inspired Devotionals, a devotional book for Christian geeks. Our wonderful cover artist, Paper Beats Rock, is already at work on a new scene for the cover and we’re opening up submissions to the public.

If you are a Christian, a geek, and a writer, now’s your chance to mash those three facets of your identity together! Below are the guidelines.


Thy Geekdom Come 2
Devotional Guidelines for Writers

 

Purpose

Thy Geekdom Come is a devotional book series written for Christian geeks by Christian geeks. Its purpose is to encourage people to think deeply about the fandoms they love, connecting their favourite stories to themes from the Bible. These devotionals encourage readers to seek truth, deepen their relationship with God, and discover where God is in the fandoms they love.

Theme

The theme of Thy Geekdom Come 2 is science fiction. A devotional should focus on one fandom and connect a meaningful story from that fandom to a biblical tale or theme. Fandoms include TV shows (e.g. Doctor Who, Stargate, Firefly), movies (e.g. Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Star Wars), anime (e.g. Sword Art Online, Stein’s Gate, One-Punch Man), video games (e.g. Bioshock, Destiny, No Man’s Sky), and books (e.g. The Martian, Dune, Ready Player One).

Length

Devotionals should be around 1000 words.

Bible Translation

Use the New Revised Standard Version when quoting scripture.

Terms

If a devotional is accepted for publication, the writer will be offered a contract with Mythos & Ink to receive a percentage of the book’s profits. We retain the rights for publication throughout the world in print, digital, and audio.

Writing Style

Thy Geekdom Come isn’t light reading. These devotionals are meant to be read slowly and to provoke deep, often tough questions. We embrace social justice and don’t shy away from difficult topics like mental health, disability, feminism, politics, baptism, racism, equality, etc. These devotionals are often about asking more questions than giving answers and wrestling with contradictions. 

Format

The following is the format you should follow when writing a devotional for Thy Geekdom Come 2:

[Your name]
[Address]
[Email address]

[2-3 sentence bio]

[Title of Devotional]

“[Quote from fandom that relates to devotional topic]
—[quote speaker, fandom name]

Read: [Bible chapter or verses that will prepare readers for the devotional content]

Reflect: [1000 word reflection]

Key Scripture: [A verse that relates to theme. Something to conclude the devotional. Different from the Bible chapter under “Read.”]

Reflection Questions: [Three questions for the reader to reflect on their own or discuss with others. Go deeper than surface questions that require yes or no answers.]

Sample Devotionals from Thy Geekdom Come

Read these sample devotionals from Thy Geekdom Come to get a taste of the style and content.

Fandoms Covered

This is a list of fandoms that are already covered in Thy Geekdom Come 2. These submissions have already been accepted, and we are unlikely to publish two devotionals about the same franchise.

  • The Girl Who Leapt through Time
  • Voices from a Distant Star
  • Stranger Things
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • Borderlands 3
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Fez
Submission Guidelines

Email your submission to submissions@mythosink.com. The email subject should be “Devotional Submission – [fandom the devotional covers]. E.g. “Devotional Submisson – Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.” Introduce yourself, list any previous writing experience, and paste your devotional into the body of your email. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2020.