Haven Spec is a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories for a 21st century audience. We love stories with a sense of adventure, stories that teach us, that touch us, that leave us wanting more. We publish six issues every year, two of which (the DRY Issue and the WET Issue) are focused exclusively on the climate crisis and themes of displacement (very broadly defined).
The crisis facing our planet is immediate and all-encompassing, and it will affect people of color, people living in poverty, and the working classes most of all. The popular metaphor is going over a cliff, but we prefer the tempest, the torrent, the flood. The waters are rising, but we can save ourselves.
It's not too late.
Leon Perniciaro (he/him) is the editor of Haven Spec Magazine and an assistant editor at Android Press. He studies English as a PhD student at the University of Connecticut, with a focus on race, Indigeneity, and environmental justice. He is a member of SFWA and the Codex Writers' Group and is a citizen of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb.
Originally from New Orleans, he now lives in New England, where he's terrified of both the climate crisis and the Great Filter.
TJ Price's corporeal being is currently located in Raleigh, NC, with his handsome partner of many years, but his ghosts live in northeastern Connecticut, southern Maine, and north Brooklyn. He is the author of the novelette The Disappearance of Tom Nero, published by Spooky House Press. His work has appeared—or is forthcoming—in Nightmare Magazine, pidgeonholes, The NoSleep Podcast, and various anthologies. He's almost always in the middle of some project, either editorially or otherwise, and enjoys experimenting with prose & poetry as well as certain esoteric studies.
He can be invoked at either tjpricewrites.com or via the blue bird @eerieyore. Failing that, one can make a circle of chalk on the floor, stand in the center, and burn a photograph of a loved one until all that remains is ashes. Then, listen for a murmuring from within the walls. Leave your message after the sound of the screb.
Danai Christopoulou (she/they) is a queer Greek SFF author and editor. Danai’s nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Glamour and Marie Claire since 2004. They are an editor for Hugo-nominated khōréō magazine, an assistant editor for HavenSpec, and a literary agent in training at Tobias Literary Agency. Their short fiction has been published in khōréō, Fusion Fragment and others, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and featured in the official Nebula Reading List. Danai’s novels are represented by Lauren Bieker of FinePrint Literary.
Ash Okada (she/they) is a speculative fiction writer and capital-N Nerd who is endlessly fascinated by story, languages, history, the human brain, and dinosaurs. Ash has worked an eclectic set of jobs over the years, from lit agency intern to video captioner and from executive assistant to bridge caddy (though not necessarily in that order), and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
When the weather's lousy, you can usually find Ash curled up with a massive cup of tea and a good book (or audiobook). When the weather's great...well, pretty much the same thing, if we're being honest.
Elizabeth Broadbent (she/they) (she/her) is a neurodivergent author, journalist, and poet recently displaced from the South Carolina swamp. She's the author of Ink Vine, an erotic horror novella coming in April from Psychotoxin Pink, and her second novella, Blood Cypress, is set for 2025 publication with Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Tales to Terrify and The Cafe Irreal; her essays have appeared everywhere from The Washington Post to ADDitude Magazine; and her visage has appeared in places such as BBC World News, MSNBC, and the ethereal plane. When she isn't writing fiction or social justice screeds, she can be found talking to crows and convincing blue jays to do crime. Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, @eabroadbent on Insta, Threads, and TikTok, or @elizabeth.broadbent on Bluesky. Alternately, ask the crows.
Rukman Ragas (they/he) writes from Sri Lanka. Their fiction is forthcoming from Khoreo and Tasavvur. He splits his time between the humid coast and the chilly mountains, both triggering different allergies.
They can be found on twitter @Rukmanwrites, advocating for passive protagonists and retelling South Asian myths.
RSL (he/they) is a scouse writer and academic whose work tends toward the weird and the absurd. He's a PhD Candidate at University of Liverpool, studying the mental health benefits of challenging fiction during challenging times. His fictional work can be read in CHM, and Vastarien, as well as a few forthcoming pieces in journals.
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