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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 here on our website, where you can also order a copy of the magazine.


Please note our updated submission windows. For 2018–19, Ecotone is open to submissions, by post and via Submittable, from August 17–September 1 (note: due to a technical issue, this deadline is extended in Submittable to September 2 at 11:59 EST), and again from December 26–January 1. 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.

During open reading periods, you may submit online at, 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.

We continue to review and send replies to work submitted in our last reading period—thanks for your patience, and thanks to everyone who has sent us work thus far.

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.

If you’d like to subscribe, consider our Country and City subscription bundle: The Country and City Issue is one of The Best American Essays’s Notable Special Issues of 2016. You can order a one-year subscription plus Country and City for $29.90. If you’ve already a subscriber and would like to renew with this bundle, please add a note saying so at checkout, and we’ll update your subscription. If you’d like to send this as a gift, we’ll include a hand-written note; add a note letting us know what you’d like it to say.

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!

Do not include your name, information, or cover letter in the file with, or on individual pages of, your submission. Please do include your last name in the filename.

Multiple submission 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.

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.

We do not read previously published work.

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 are welcome to query after six months; please do not query until that point.

Should you wish to send a query, 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. Thank you for your help.

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; include your name in the filename, but not within the file itself.

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. Include your name in the filename, but not within the file itself. We find this 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.

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.