Ecotone 26: The Body Issue: For our fall 2018 issue, the editors invite writing about and from the body. We interpret this theme expansively. We are interested in any body, human or beyond human.
Please send work that is traditional or experimental, but above all, excellently made. To ensure that we are able to consider your submission, please review our complete guidelines before sending it.
Submissions open on August 17, 2017, and close on September 1, 2018. We will consider work sent during this window both for Body and for upcoming unthemed issues.
Past calls for work
Ecotone 24: The Craft Issue
For Ecotone’s fall 2017 issue, the editors invite writing on craft. We seek work that explores craftsmanship of all kinds, that exhibits its own craftiness, makes us think about the act of making in new ways. Some possible considerations:
Craft shaped by place; place shaped by craft—how our inner and outer environments influence how, what, and why we create.
Guilds and apprenticeships. Sewing circles and solitary work. So-called high craft and so-called low. Craft as and in companionship. Craft as community.
State fairs. The fiction, history, poetics of witchcraft. Craft and technology. Making and destruction. Form and function, beauty and ugliness. Spacecraft, aircraft, watercraft.
Gender and craft. Race and craft. Queerness and craft. Craft traditions under threat (by lack of attention or too much of it), and traditions in the process of being revived.
Craft as resistance. Craft as activism.
Metalsmithing, embroidery, signpainting; cocktails, baking, fermentation; amphibrachs, bops, Oulipian constraints.
Rhetorical strategy. Ars poetica. The craft of writing. Of editing.
Craft as a means of resilience, of cultural and bodily survival.
Cleverness, craftiness, smarts. The narrative possibilities thereof. The clues for keeping on therein.
We need your craft now, writers. Please send work that is traditional or experimental, but above all, excellently made. To ensure that we are able to consider your submission, please review our complete guidelines before sending it. We may read with unthemed issues in mind as well; still, if you are thinking craftwise, be sure to mention the theme in your cover letter.
Ecotone 22: Country and City
Submissions open through May 1, 2016
For Ecotone‘s fall 2016 issue, Country and City, we invite writing that explores rural and urban spaces, and the places between them. Where do you find your wild—or wildish—places? What does it mean to be local to either, or to both? We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore how our notions of place might change based on where we live. Work about permaculture, pollution, poverty, rural culture, urban farming. Public art, sprawl, the homesteading movement, gentrification, environmental justice; waste management, transit systems, neighborhoods, community centers; post offices, prisons, urban legends, utopian communities. The ways both country and city have been romanticized, idealized, vilified. The possibilities each holds—whether you consider them opposing camps or part of a grand continuum.
The editors welcome poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that engage with these concerns and more. Be sure to mention the theme in your cover letter. To ensure that we can consider your work, review our complete guidelines before submitting.
Special reading period September 15–25: Metrical submissions
Ecotone will be open from September 15 to September 25 to submissions of metrical poetry only. For our Sound issue, we want to include work that experiments with the vast possibilities meter has to offer—accentual work, amphibrachs, dipodic meter, everything between.
We are particularly keen to read work in meters other than iambic.
We are equally interested in accentual and accentual-syllabic work.
Although a little humor is fine with us, we don’t generally run light verse.
This category will be open in Submittable from September 15 to 25. Postal submissions postmarked between September 15 and 28 (a Monday) are also welcome.