Notes and Recent Awards

Ecotone was honored to be the recipient of AWP’s 2022 Small Press Publisher Award, an annual prize for nonprofit presses and literary journals that “acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation of these presses and journals, and honors their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work.” You can read editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell’s acceptance speech here. And more about the Small Press Publisher Award can be found at awpwriter.org/contests.

In addition, the editors would like to congratulate the following writers:

Best of the Net 2022
Samiya Bashir
“HOW NOT TO STAY UNSHOT IN THE U. S. A.” (An Ecotone Almanac)

The Pushcart Prize 2022
special mention
Destiny O. Birdsong
“Build Back a Body” (vol. 16, no. 1)

Rose Skelton
“Little Starts” (vol. 16, no. 1)

Jennifer Tseng
“Most of My Dream Fathers Are Women” (vol. 15, no. 1)


Ecotone (issn 1553-1775) is published twice yearly by the Department of Creative Writing and The Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We are grateful for funding from the UNCW Department of Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The short stories in this issue are works of fiction. Names, characters, places, events, and incidents are products of the authors’ imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events is entirely coincidental. The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of its editors or sponsors.