Heathen is a new literary magazine and multimedia platform spotlighting the best in horror and dark fantasy fiction. Released quarterly in a digital medium, the stories you’ll find in Heathen will be available in both print and audio formats. Once a year, the most-read and listened-to stories will then be collected in a physical annual that will be available for purchase.

Should you hope to have your story listed in an issue of Heathen, it should be reminiscent of the likes of Lovecraft, Poe, and Chambers. Though humanity finds itself at the root of all stories, tales told in Heathen should heavily involve monsters, beasts, the supernatural, or fantastical world-building.

We’re looking for stories no more than 7,500 words in length, with preference given to stories that have less than 5,000 words. Our initial submissions period is now open and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Central on January 31st with our first issue will be released Spring 2024. Heathen pays writers a HWA-qualifying $0.05 per word.

At this time, we are not looking for poetry, non-fiction, or art-only submissions.

If you have any questions prior to your submission, you’re encouraged to reach out to our editing team at editor@heathen.press. Stay spooky, friends.

Adam Barnhardt