Lackington’s is an online magazine that publishes speculative fiction and art four times a year. We pay contributors and rely on donations to keep content free. Based in Ottawa, the press was founded in 2013 by Ranylt Richildis, a writer, editor, reviewer, and literature scholar.
We came into existence to help widen the space for prose poetry. We’re looking for stylized prose. Not inept purple prose, of course, but controlled and well-crafted wordsmithery that reflects the story, setting, theme, atmosphere, or philosophy it seeks to describe.
Stylized prose can be sparse and simple, diamond-cut like the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin. It can be sumptuous like the writing of Oscar Wilde. It can be epic, archaic, experimental, mythic, rhythmic, and it can be quiet and subtle, too. Story and character are indispensable, but so is wordcraft. We trade in aesthetics, so make us gasp with unexpected words and give us inventive voices, structures, and narratives. Many editors reject heavily stylized prose out of hand. We welcome it.
So: If you write conventional prose — the kind that dominates the marketplace — we’ll turn your story away. This is no reflection on the quality of your language or the story as a whole. We may even love your work. It just doesn’t fit the scope of this project.
Ranylt Richildis, Editor
195 Cooper St., Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0E6, Canada
Email: lackingtonsmagazine at gmail dot com