Celebrating JRR Tolkien and His Artwork


“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. I won’t write some kind of biography here. I won’t write about how his work influenced modern fantasy and the writing world. There are articles, online communities, films, and books upon books dedicated to those topics.

I will, however, share a few images of his original artwork. He was a brilliant artist, and these are a few of my favorite pieces that I’ve seen.

Starting when I was very little, my dad, a huge Tolkien fan, read me The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy from start to finish several times. I don’t remember the times he read them to me as a baby when I wouldn’t sleep. I do remember him reading me a chapter at a time before bed when I was a little older, and him explaining everything from what the long words meant to why people do evil things and why others must stand against them even when it seems futile.

I do remember the magic of feeling like there was a whole, fully realized universe that I could catch glimpses of, or even visit, through the pages.

Thank you for the magic, J.R.R. Tolkien.


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Accepting Submissions

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We are accepting submissions for novel-length upmarket fiction. We accept upmarket women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, science-fantasy, historical fiction, and will consider most other upmarket fiction genres.

We are NOT currently accepting submissions for poetry, memoirs, or nonfiction. We are not looking for stories involving violence against small children, holocaust victims, or other extreme tragedies.

We are looking for completed fiction manuscripts between 70,000 and 100,000 words. You may submit your query letter in the body of an email, and the first chapter (or first 50 pages) as an attachment to sekhmetpress@gmail.com between Nov 1, 2019 and January 10, 2020. Please use the subject: SUBMISSIONS

You can expect to hear from us by March 1, 2020.

Original manuscripts only please. No reprints. Any submissions or inquiries sent anywhere other than our email at sekhmetpress@gmail.com will be deleted. Submissions received before or after open call dates will be deleted.

In your query email, make sure to include your full name, the title of the work you are submitting, a synopsis, and a word count.

Please spend time proofing and editing your submissions before sending them. Submissions with repeated incorrect grammar, misspellings or formatting will be automatically excluded from the review process.

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Include query in body of email. Include first chapter (or first 50 pages) of your manuscript as an attachment. Manuscript should be formatted as follows:


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Do not use TAB key. New paragraphs should be formatted with a 0.5 indent.

Chapters should be numbered. Do not use symbols such as # or * between story sections. An extra space is sufficient.

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