Opportunities for UNCW MFA students

Ecotone is made by faculty and MFA students in the department of creative writing at UNC Wilmington. The magazine offers two intensive practicums: CRW524, taught by editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell, is for students new to the magazine. The work for this course includes reading submissions, fact checking forthcoming work, setting run order, drafting paratext, and brainstorming special features and promotions, among other things. Students who have taken the initial practicum may apply for section-editor positions with the magazine, in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Section editors take an advanced practicum, also taught by Bell, in which they manage submissions and readers in their genre, acquire work, top edit, and lead edit, among other tasks.

Every other year, an MFA student is selected to become managing editor of Ecotone. This graduate assistantship, at twenty hours per week, is awarded to a rising second-year MFA student without an exisiting assistantship. The managing editor works closely with the editor and has the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills related to magazine editing and production.

The magazine’s interior spreads are designed by teaching assistants in The Publishing Laboratory, supervised by art director Michael Ramos. These assistantships are awarded upon acceptance to the MFA program. In addition, one Pub Lab TA, selected by the faculty before entering their second year in the program, serves as Ecotone‘s designer.

Our work is intense, intensely collaborative, and a lot of fun. MFA editors and designers emerita have gone on to positions at such magazines and presses as Sierra, Southern Humanities Review, Longleaf Review, Graywolf Press, Autumn House Press, the University of Minnesota Press, and Milkweed Editions, to name a few—as well as teaching and publishing their own work.

Want to join us? Details about the MFA program at UNCW can be found here.