speculative prose


Lackington’s is an online speculative fiction magazine that was founded in October 2013. We want 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. Some editors reject heavily stylized prose out of hand. We welcome it.

So: If you write conventional, transparent 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.

We pay contributors and rely on subscriptions, Patreon, e-book sales, and donations to keep content free on the website. Our staff is volunteer.

Contact us:
Story submissions: submitlackingtons at gmail dot com
Everything else: lackingtonsmagazine at gmail dot com

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