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.

Art Credits

Page 18 (“In the Water’s Grip”) © Thom Milkovic via Unsplash; page 30 (“Sexy Thing”) © Henrik Hansen via Unsplash; pages 50-56 (“Transforming Trash into Beauty”) © Vanessa Barragão; page 61 (“The Magnetism of Eels”) © Luca Rhatigan; pages 71-76 (“The Ocean Floor”) © Carolyn Supinka; page 79 (“Which Way to the Ocean”) © Kathryn Smith; page 83 (“The Garbage Patch”) © Grace Robins-Somerville; pages 116-117 (“Before All This”) © Lee Jeffs via Unsplash; cover: Chandelier—Sea, Land, Sky © Bovey Lee, 2017


Ecotone is set in Bell Gothic and Janson. This issue is printed on B18 Trade Book Antique and bound in uncoated Via Smooth Bright White, by Sheridan Press, an FSC-certified company, in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Cover design by Olivia Loorz and Tory Tarpley.