There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Ecotone, the literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place, welcomes work from a wide range of voices. Please review our complete guidelines before submitting. We strongly encourage writers to read work we've published before sending their own. A selection of work from recent issues is featured on our website, where you can also order a copy of the magazine.

Ecotone 23: The Craft Issue: For our 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.


Please note our updated submission windows for 2016–2017. Ecotone will be open to submissions, by post and via Submittable, from August 15–October 1, and again from December 15–February 1. We adhere strictly to posted dates. Any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread. We may occasionally close submissions within these windows for administrative reasons; if we do so, the new dates will be posted in this space. 

We are open this winter to submissions for our fall 2017 issue, themed Craft. We are also reading for upcoming unthemed issues.

During open reading periods, you may submit online 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 to everyone who has sent us work thus far.

New for fall 2016: Current Ecotone subscribers, as 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 Sound special: The Sound Issue is one of The Best American Essays’s Notable Special Issues of 2015, and in celebration, through January, we're offering a one-year subscription plus Sound for $25. If you've already a subscriber and would like to renew with this special, 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, and all orders received by end of day on December 19 will ship before the holidays.

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.

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.

Do not send multiple submissions in one genre; any such submissions will be deleted unread. Wait to hear from us before sending additional work in a given genre.

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 sent 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.

If your writing has appeared in Ecotone before, please wait two years after publication before sending new work. 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!

We do not read previously published work.

Reporting time is generally four to 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.

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 e-mail 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.