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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 place-based work by writers historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: BIPOC, 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.
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Upcoming submissions windows: Ecotone will be open to submissions, by post and via Submittable, from January 26 to February 2, 2021. We’ll be reading for upcoming unthemed issues as well as our fall 2021 Climate Issue. We occasionally must adjust submissions windows for administrative reasons; if we do so, the new dates will be posted in this space. All submissions are considered for all upcoming issues.

Postal submissions: We are committed to receiving submissions by post for many reasons, among them to offer a fee-free option, and so that people who are incarcerated are able to send work. Long live the USPS! 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. We have no preference regarding the use of staples versus paper clips, though we like to contemplate the merits of each. We adhere strictly to posted dates. Any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread. Submissions sent within the United States may be posted to the editor of the appropriate genre, at the following address:

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

Online submissions: During open reading periods, you may send one submission in one genre at ecotone.submittable.com/submit. There is a $3 fee to use the online system if you are not a subscriber to the magazine. 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. Writers outside the United States, please use the online submissions system to send your work.

If you’re a past contributor to Ecotone, please mention it in your cover letter (and check the appropriate box if sending via Submittable). 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.

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.

Withdrawals: 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.

Queries: 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.

Please submit only once per reading period, either poetry, nonfiction, or fiction.

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 UNC Wilmington students.

Prose: Send one prose piece of no more than 10,000 words (ca. thirty double-spaced pages), in a standard font. Note that most work we run is shorter than this upper limit. We are also interested in brief prose works (minimum 2,000 to ca. 3,000 words), one per submission. Prose should be typed and printed on one side of the page. Send a brief cover letter with your submission, including the title(s) of the piece(s) you are sending, a word count, a short bio, and your contact information. 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, and personally, with the natural and social sciences—ecology, natural history, sociology, and other fields, in both Western and non-Western contexts. We like to see fiction that is deeply rooted in place, and/or that engages with science, as well.

Poetry: 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. Send a brief cover letter with your submission, including the title(s) of the piece(s) you are sending, a short bio, and your contact information. Do not include your name in the filename or the file itself. 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.

As ever, we are interested in work that considers place, environment, and identity in fresh and expansive ways. The editors are particularly interested, for upcoming issues, in poetry that engages with the social and natural sciences, and poetry that uses form, meter, and/or other poetic constraints to innovative and expansive ends. 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.

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