Today it brings me great pleasure to announce an essay contest to give away 41 books on Celtic studies.
Temple of the River, where I used to teach, closed its doors in June. However, over the seven years it was open it amassed a significant library. The temple’s book collection was built to help people study Celtic religions, traditions and myth. Rogue Priest and Temple of the River are now teaming up to sponsor an essay contest to give the entire library to one lucky winner.
I helped found Temple of the River in 2004. Our temple practiced the Old Belief, a polytheistic tradition based on the pre-Christian beliefs of Ireland. We want to see the books go to someone who will put them to good use, either in their own study and practice or as part of a larger organization.
To that end, the Celtic Library Contest is soliciting essays. Each essay must be no more than 6 pages long and should describe a specific project (personal or organizational) that the books and the knowledge they contain will be used for.
I’ve assembled a small panel of judges who will help me review the essays. The judges include Humanistic Paganism editor B.T. Newberg, and Druid Order of Three Realms priest/co-founder Bob Patrick. Other judges have been invited as well. All of us have a strong interest in historical authenticity, accurate reconstruction of ancient practices, and continuity of tradition.
Based on the projects described in the essays, we will choose one visionary winner to receive the collection of books free of charge, with free shipping. Essays are due in by January 15, 2012 and we hope to announce a winner by Imbolc (Jan. 31).
The library includes a moderate collection of respected, high-quality books on Celtic Studies, Celtic lore and traditions, Indo-European religion, and related topics. A total of 41 books are included in the library.
To enter, read the contest rules and get an application cover sheet here. Good luck everyone and please spread the word far and wide!