Psychopomp Magazine is a quarterly publication that exists to showcase stories and art that challenge genre and form conventions with particular attention to work that deals with conceptions of passages, rites of passage, transitions, juxtapositions, and the betwixt and between. We are primarily an online magazine with an annual print prose issue. We also publish chapbooks as part of our fiction contest series.

Psychopomp (Greek – psuchopompos – “Guide of Souls”): n. Creatures, angels, spirits, or deities who are responsible for escorting the dead to the afterlife. Their role is to provide safe passage. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator btw. the conscious and unconscious realms.


Recent News:


Issue 4 is here!

The Summer 2014 issue of Psychopomp Magazine is here! We’re pleased to bring you another quarter of great work. Issue 4 features prose by Shilita Montez, Robert Morgan Fisher, S.M. Knisely, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, and Em Faerman; cover art by Catrin Welz-Stein. Thanks for reading!


Contest Results Announced

Congratulations to the winner of the Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award, Allie Marini Batts! Her story, “Summer of the Cicada,” was selected by Timothy Schaffert for the first place prize of $500 and publication in our contest chapbook. Here is the full list honoring the winner, runners up, and other finalists in our contest:

1st Place

“Summer of the Cicada” by Allie Marini Batts

Runners Up

“Heart on a Sleeve” by Julia Carey
“Reina” by Teresa Giordano


“Looking” by Kelsie Hahn
“Clay Pots” by S. M. Knisely
“M.I.A.” by Shilita Montez


“Wolving” by Lisa Beebe
“Come Alone to the Alone” by Deborah DeNicola
“Daughter Electric” by Lisa Nohner
“The End of the World” by Alan Sincic


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