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A locus for the conflict between the world as it has become and the world as we wanted it to be.

“A project that is timely, necessary, and at times even hopeful. Highly recommended to all who are interested in the future of genre fiction as well as the future of our world.” —Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“In a world of disappearing futures, Reckoning arrives like a flock of undiscovered birds—a journal of speculative ecology that invents its own new genre, simultaneously urgent and atemporal, from a diverse array of mostly new voices—the freshest and most important new fantastic literature magazine in a very long time.” — Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas

“I love this story so much that I am not going to discuss a single detail except that the ending made my heart leap and it is my favorite story of 2018 so far. I will hold onto my copy of this magazine forever because it contains it.” —Cat Rambo, of Marie Vibbert’s “Fourth-Dimensional Tessellations of the American College Graduate”, in Green Man Review

Innocent Ilo’s “To the Place of Skulls” was longlisted for the 2018 Author of Tomorrow Contest.

Ebook released December 21, 2017.
e-ISBN: 9780998925226
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Print edition released June 21, 2018.
ISBN: 978-0-9989252-3-3
248 pages, 67,000 words.
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Online release: New content appearing weekly starting January 1, 2018; links go live in the table of contents below.



Cover: Rebirth – Archan Nair December 21, 2017
Disintigreetings – Pepe Rojo January 25, 2018 Interview
Once It Was a Tree – Oneslutriot July 12, 2018


Earthspun – Krista Hoeppner Leahy January 25, 2018
The Bull Who Bars the Gate to Heaven – Zella Christensen March 1, 2018
I’m the Villain, Ok? – Mary Alexandra Agner March 15, 2018
A Hundred Years From Now – Mohammad Shafiqul Islam May 10, 2018
Development – F.J. Bergmann June 7, 2018
Will We Be Good and Kind At The End – Kelly Madden July 5, 2018


A Wispy Chastening – D.A. Xiaolin Spires January 11, 2018 Interview
Rumpelstiltskin – Jane Elliott February 8, 2018 Interview
To the Place of Skulls – Innocent Ilo February 15, 2018 Interview
Girl Singing with Farm – Kathrin Köhler March 8, 2018
The Complaint of All Living Things – Joanne Rixon March 22, 2018 Interview
Fourth-Dimensional Tessellations of the American College Graduate – Marie Vibbert April 5, 2018
Delta Marsh – Casey June Wolf April 12, 2018 Audio
The Shale Giants – Marissa Lingen April 19, 2018
An Oasis of Amends – Floris M. Kleijne May 24, 2018
The Alice Grey – Santiago Belluco May 31, 2018
Lanny Boykin Rises Up Singing – Jess Barber June 21, 2018 Audio
Night of No Return – Grace Seybold June 28, 2018


Editor’s Note: On Having a Kid in the Climate Apocalypse – Michael J. DeLuca January 4, 2018 Interview
A Ghost Can Only Take – Justin Howe February 22, 2018
From Paris, With Rage – George F. April 26, 2018
‘You are from the U.S.’ – Yukyan Lam May 3, 2018
A Kinder And More Caring Future? – Brian Francis Slattery June 14, 2018

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“Exactly the kind of creative writing journal we need right now. [Reckoning] celebrates diversity–of nature, of human nature–while never shying away from the stark challenges of environmental justice. These stories, essays and poems highlight and negotiate the ecology of landscapes in decline and the many spaces humans occupy in a rapidly changing world. Yet they never once lose hope.” – Emmi Itäranta, author of A Memory of Water

“A bold new journal of speculation and resistance, alive with possibility yet achingly aware of the here and now.” – Sofia Samatar, author of Tinder

“I wholeheartedly recommend Reckoning. It is a refreshing breath of fresh air, full of life and language from around this one world that we are all together sharing. There is darkness and hope and work. It is a solid foundation, a grand beginning, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.” – Gavin J. Grant

220 pages of stylistically, culturally and ethnically diverse fiction, essays, poetry and art on the theme of environmental justice.
Ebook: Winter Solstice 2016
Print Edition: Summer Solstice 2017
46,000 words

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Cover – Mona Robles
from Concrete Jungle – Travis Macdonald March 13, 2017 Interview
Reckoning – Steve Logan July 10, 2017


Erin Hoffman – Transition January 5, 2017 Interview
Mohammad Shafiqul Islam – Rivers Lament January 19, 2017 Interview
James Treat – Four Found Poems February 13, 2017 Interview
Blythe Woolston – Agapostemon February 27, 2017 Interview
Chloe N. Clark – Sidelong Catastrophe March 20, 2017 Interview
Aozora Brockman – Kill or Be Killed April 3, 2017 Interview
Tai Allen – third world problems April 24, 2017 Interview
Brandon O’Brien – Papa Bois and the Boy May 29, 2017 Interview


Giselle Leeb – Wolphinia December 29, 2016 Interview
Kate Schapira – Three Alternate Histories January 26, 2017 Interview
Johannes Punkt – The Bumblebee-Maker’s Kiss February 17, 2017 Interview
Goldie Locks – 2222 February 6, 2017 Interview
Daniella Levy – The Olive Harvest March 6, 2017 Interview
Cae Hawksmoor – Civitas Sylvatica March 27, 2017 Interview
Emily Houk – Plague Winter April 10, 2017 Interview
Danika Dinsmore – Insanitary April 17, 2017 Interview
Diego Reymondez – Wine and Wisteria May 1, 2017 Interview
Robin Wyatt Dunn – The End of Occidentalism May 15, 2017 Interview
Lora Rivera – When No One’s Left May 22, 2017 Interview
J.R. McConvey – Eel of the Lake June 5, 2017 Interview
Benjamin Parzybok – The Hole in the Reef June 19, 2017 Interview
Justin Howe – Behind the Sun June 26, 2017 Interview
LJ Geoffrion – Written in the Book of the Woods July 5, 2017 Interview


Michael J DeLuca – Editor’s Note: Love in the Time of Reckoning December 21, 2016
Marissa Lingen – How Far Are We From Minneapolis? January 12, 2017 Interview
Christopher Brown – Rule of Capture May 8, 2017 Interview
George F – In Hambach Forst June 12, 2017