Ecotone, the literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place, welcomes work from a wide range of voices. We are particularly interested in hearing from writers historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: people of color, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming people, LGBTQIA+, women, and others. We welcome the work of emerging writers. Please review our complete guidelines before submitting. We strongly encourage writers to read work we’ve published before sending their own. A selection of writing and art from recent issues is featured on our website, where you can also order a copy of the magazine.

Upcoming submissions windows: For 2019–20, Ecotone is open to submissions, by post and via Submittable, August 26–September 1, 2019, and January 26–February 1, 2020. On Valentine’s Day 2019, we were open for 24 hours, reading debut fiction and poems in fourteen-line forms only. In fall 2019 we are reading for unthemed issues as well as our fall 2019 Love Issue. All submissions are considered for all upcoming issues.


Special call for August 2019: In August 2019, for poetry submissions, we will consider only work in fourteen-line forms—sonnets, brefs double, rondels prime—which we’ll read for upcoming issues including the Love Issue, a special issue for our fourteenth anniversary. Send us your best work in these forms, preferably metrically interesting, preferably including a good bit of noniambic stuff. Past contributors: the usual two years’ waiting period before submitting again is waived for this call only. We want to see all the quatorzains!

If you need a refresher on these forms, or want to try one or two of them out and send them our way, you may find details here: ecotonelookout.org/fourteen-lines-for-fourteen-years.

If you have poems you’d like to send that are not in these forms, please try us in January 2020.

We occasionally must adjust submissions windows for administrative reasons; if we do so, the new dates will be posted in this space. We adhere strictly to posted dates. Any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread.

For our winter 2018 reading period, as we worked to regain time lost to UNCW’s monthlong closure during and after Hurricane Florence, we were open to poetry and nonfiction submissions, but closed to fiction. We will be open for fiction again in August 2019.

During open reading periods, you may submit online at ecotone.submittable.com/submit, or via post. There is a $3 fee to use the online system. On completion of your submission, we’ll send you a discount for $3 off a year’s subscription (or renewal) to the magazine.

Current Ecotone subscribers, in thanks for your support of the magazine, we have waived the fee to use Submittable. If you’re a current subscriber and wish to send work via Submittable, please choose the appropriate subscriber category, and follow the instructions there. Subscriptions will be verified, so be sure to enter your order number.

Cover letters: Include a brief cover letter with your submission. Include the title(s) of the piece(s) you are sending, a word count (for prose), and your contact information.

If you’re a past contributor to Ecotone, please mention it in your cover letter. Please wait two years (four issues) after publication before sending new work. If you’ve never before published any work in the genre in which you’re submitting, please let us know that as well. We strive to maintain a balance between work from writers new to the magazine and those whose work we have loved and published in the past. Thank you!

Files: Do not include your name, information, or cover letter in the file or filename of your submission.

Reporting time is generally six to eight months, although sometimes longer; we receive many submissions and will be in touch as soon as we can. 
Withdrawing and querying: If you send work via Submittable, do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw in Submittable, or for partial withdrawals, add a note to your submission.
Please do not query us about your submission unless there is a need—for instance, if the work you submitted will appear in a forthcoming collection.
Should you need to be in touch, please do so via Submittable (or by post if you sent work by post) rather than emailing editors. This will allow us to keep track of your message.

Multiple submissions are not accepted, regardless of genre. One thing at a time, please: either poetry, nonfiction, or fiction. Wait to hear from us before sending additional work.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided that you let us know that you are submitting simultaneously and notify us promptly if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawals for postal submissions only may be sent by email.

Previously published work is not accepted. We do not read work from recent (within the past fifteen years) or current UNCW students.

Reporting time is generally six months, although sometimes longer; we are working through the large number of submissions received in our last reading period and will be in touch with replies as soon as possible. Writers may query (for submissions sent online, write via Submittable, not by email) after six months; please do not query until that point.

Prose submissions: Send one prose piece of no more than thirty double-spaced pages, in a standard font. We are also interested in shorter prose works (under 2,500 words), one per submission. Prose should be typed and printed on one side of the page. Include page numbers and a word count; do not include your name in the filename or the file itself. The editors are particularly interested, for upcoming issues, in nonfiction that engages deeply, but not overly seriously, with the sciences—ecology, natural history, and other fields, in both Western and non-Western contexts.

Poetry submissions: Send three to five poems at a time. If submitting online, include all poems in a single document. Poems should be typed, single-spaced, on one side of the page. Do not include your name in the filename or the file itself. We find this instruction worth repeating: If you sent work via Submittable, do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw using Submittable, or, for partial withdrawals, add a note to your submission.

The editors are particularly interested, for upcoming issues, in poetry that uses form, meter, and/or other poetic constraints in innovative and expansive ways. Work in the French repeating forms (rondeaux, ballades, rondelets, and the like) as well as in newer forms (golden shovels, fibs, etc.) is especially encouraged, as is work that employs meters other than iambic.

Writers outside the United States, please use Ecotone’s online submissions system to send your work.

Submissions sent within the States may be posted, within our reading periods only, to the following address. Address work to the editor of the appropriate genre:

{Genre} Editor, Ecotone
Department of Creative Writing
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5938

We have no preference regarding the use of staples versus paper clips, though we like to contemplate the merits of each.

Print correspondence: All manuscripts and all correspondence regarding submissions sent to our physical address should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for a response; no replies will be given by email to submissions sent through the mail. We assume no responsibility for delay, loss, or damage.

Thanks for thinking of Ecotone! We look forward to reading your work.