speculative prose

Issue 25 Lastword

Because this is the final issue of Lackington’s (for the indefinite future, at least), calling this introduction a “foreword” seems somewhat off to me. This really is a last word … Continue reading

August 3, 2022

A Brief Farewell

After our 25th issue comes out in spring 2022 (in our nearly 10th year), Lackington’s Magazine will be going on hiatus. This means that our coming submission period for “Prehistories” … Continue reading

August 3, 2022

Issue 24 Foreword

As plant-lovers, a botanical-themed issue has long been on our wish-list here at Lackington’s, so First Reader Matt and I are chuffed that it’s finally happening. Plants, of course, are … Continue reading

August 3, 2022

Issue 23 Foreword

One thing our submission box could always see more of is heroic fantasy that breaks the mould but still sings like heroic fantasy. This hankering was my main reason for … Continue reading

December 10, 2021

Issue 22 Foreword

Memory feels more important than ever this year, while people, places, and activities we love are cut off from us in the midst of this pandemic. Memories of the past … Continue reading

June 7, 2021

Issue 21 Foreword

Did you notice how the figure on this issue’s cover is holding a goblet of something fortifying? So many of us are doing that ourselves, around the world, united in … Continue reading

November 9, 2020

Issue 20 Foreword

Birds must be big right now. We worried this theme would be too narrow and that we wouldn’t be able to fill a table of contents with avian tales. But … Continue reading

May 1, 2020

Issue 19 Foreword

Our “Voyages” issue is the product not just of talented writers and artists, but of an editor who has herself been mostly voyaging since 2015 and feels this theme is … Continue reading

November 14, 2019

Issue 18 Foreword

Confession: I’m not the biggest fan of magic. Stage magicians are pure cheese and sorcery-loaded fiction can lack tension. The craftiest magic systems, for all of their internal rules and … Continue reading

March 14, 2019

Issue 17 Foreword

This issue is overdue. Not only am I a lifelong Gothic geek, but the Gothic is an unquestionably popular fascination. I almost feel I must hang my head in apology … Continue reading

October 31, 2018