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Medium: Print


Genres Accepted: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Design

Established: 2005

Circulation: NA


Reimagining Place

Payment: NA


Ecotone, founded in 2005 and published at UNC Wilmington, is a semiannual journal that seeks to reimagine place. Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. We embrace and celebrate these ecotones by breaking out of the pen of the purely literary and wandering freely among the disciplines. Our goal is to publish a vibrant rather than docile literature of place. You won’t find the hushed tones and clichés of much of so-called nature writing in our pages.”


“Much of the writing published follows a loose interpretation of Ecotone’s themes: borders and boundaries between the natural world and the human world. However, they are not exclusively a nature journal, and pieces about nature do not have an inherent advantage in the selection process. The primary goal of Ecotone is to conjoin the sciences and the humanities in a way not seen elsewhere, to break out of the pen of the purely literary and wander freely between the disciplines. In order to do that, we choose dynamic and original writing that fits our aesthetic, regardless of subject matter.”

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Hekman Availability: Not available

Submission Instructions:

—Ecotone’s reading period is August 15—April 15, and adheres strictly to postmark dates. Any submission postmarked outside this period will be recycled unread, or returned if sufficient postage has been provided.
—Mail one prose piece and/or one to six poems at a time (mail genres separately).
—Prose should be typed double-spaced on one side of the page and be no longer than thirty pages.
—Poems should be typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page.
—Query letters should be sent for longer pieces.
—No preference in regards to names in headers or footers, or to staples or paperclips.
—Novel and memoir excerpts are acceptable if they are self-contained.
—Please do not send multiple submissions in one genre. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify them if you are submitting simultaneously and do report if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Do not send another manuscript until you hear about the first. Reporting time is generally three months.
—Include your full name and address on all envelopes.
—In general, address submissions to the editor in your genre.
—Ecotone does not accept electronic submissions from writers within the United States. However, if yours is an international submission, you may e-mail it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
—For more information about Ecotone, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
—Mail submissions to:
Department of Creative Writing
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5938


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