I'm Lauren, the founder and editor-in-chief of Honeyfire Literary Magazine.
I'm a poet, undergraduate languages student at the University of Manchester, and the author of The Language of Ghosts.
Founded in September of 2020, Honeyfire Literary Magazine aims to showcase and celebrate the strength in being vulnerable through the amplifying of raw, honest work. We think there's nothing braver than showing someone your heart, and we are passionate about publishing marginalised voices, though our submissions are open to anyone. We create themed issues in both print and digital format, as well as an online column, UNTOLD - a space for stories society doesn't listen to, the overlooked and the stigmatised. As Honeyfire is run by a low-income university student, we don't currently have the means to pay our contributors, but we would love to be in that position in the future as we continue to expand and grow.
The name 'Honeyfire' was partially inspired by a poem I wrote of the same title, and partially by a quote from Victoria Erickson: 'just because you are soft does not mean you are not a force to be reckoned with; both honey and wildfire are the colour gold.' To me, this quote encapsulates what I am trying to do with Honeyfire; the goal has always been to celebrate the strength in vulnerability by creating safe spaces for vulnerable, raw, and intimate stories.
Please note that Honeyfire is run by an LGBTQ+, mentally ill woman, and has been proud and honoured to publish many works about and contributors from marginalised backgrounds and experiences. If any contributor is ever found to be homophobic, biphobic, xenophobic, transphobic, racist, ableist, or otherwise bigoted, their acceptance will be nullified. I want to keep this a safe space for everyone.
If you would like to donate to help support and show your appreciation for the work I'm doing here, it would be greatly appreciated. As a low-income creator, every penny helps, and all proceeds help me keep the site up and running, as well as enabling me to continue to have the time and resources to manage Honeyfire. I am so, so grateful for all of the support!