We’re proud to share that the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has selected Ecotone for the 2023 Firecracker Award in the category of Magazine/General Excellence. Recent past winners include Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Mizna, Two Lines Journal, Zyzzyva, One Story, and Prairie Schooner.
The Firecracker Awards, as described by CLMP, are awarded each year to “celebrate books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide.” CLMP also recognized The Arkansas International, Ninth Letter, Orion, and Oxford American as finalists for this year’s award. We’re delighted to be in such good company and congratulate our fellow finalists for the work they’re doing.
We’re thankful for CLMP’s continued, crucial advocacy on behalf of small-press publishing. And we’re so appreciative of the judges for reading, supporting our mission, and offering these kind words:
Ecotone is a wonderful journal, whose consistent excellence is all the more impressive for its continued thematic focus. As befits a magazine with a focus on place, the visuals and layout of the print journal are compelling and enhance the written work while standing on their own. There aren’t many publishers taking on the challenge of amplifying incredible environmental and political pieces, and the editors’ attention to diversity among the contributors is clear. Ecotone is carving out their own lane with ease!
“I’m so thankful for this support for Ecotone’s dual missions—to publish and promote writing of place, and to train new editors and designers in the craft of literary publishing—along with our ongoing work to shed light on the climate crisis,” said editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell, upon accepting the award during CLMP’s virtual ceremony on June 22. “Long live litmags, and long live the fight for a livable, equitable climate future!”