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 people historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts: writers and artists who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, gender-nonconforming, 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 or subscribe.

Submissions windows
In our next reading period, we will consider work for upcoming unthemed issues and for the fall 2023 Labor Issue. Submissions are considered for all upcoming issues, themed and unthemed. For more on our themed issues, visit our Upcoming Issues page.

We occasionally must adjust submissions windows for administrative reasons; if we do so, the new dates will be posted in this space. Please note that, depending upon interest, we may need to close before the end of our general window (January 26–February 3, 2023) in order to give the work we receive the attention it deserves. 

UPDATE, January 2023: We regret that, due to the overwhelming response, we must close our general poetry and fiction windows at noon on February 3. 

Upcoming reading period
No-fee submissions from BIPOC writers, via post and Submittable:
January 16–25, 2023
General submissions, via post and Submittable ($3 fee for Submittable submissions): January 26–February 3, 2023
No-fee submissions from current subscribers, via post and Submittable: January 26–March 1, 2023

Prior reading period
No-fee submissions from BIPOC writers, via post and Submittable:
August 15–25, 2022
General submissions, via post and Submittable ($3 fee for Submittable submissions): August 26–September 2, 2022
No-fee submissions from current subscribers, via post and Submittable: August 26–September 30, 2022

During open reading periods, you may send one submission in one genre, either via ecotone.submittable.com/submit, or via post. There is a $3 fee to use the online system during regular reading periods. On completion of your submission, we'll send you a discount for $3 off a year's subscription (or renewal) to the magazine. Or subscribe or renew to submit with no fee. Current Ecotone subscribers, in thanks for your support of the magazine, we have waived the fee to use Submittable; please choose the appropriate subscriber category, and follow the instructions there. Subscriptions will be verified, so be sure to enter your order number.

Cover letters: Include a brief cover letter with your submission. Include the title(s) of the piece(s) you are sending, a word count (for prose), your contact information, and a brief bio if you like. 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. 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!

Files: Do not include your name, information, or cover letter in the file or filename of your submission.

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.

Reporting time is generally six to nine months, although sometimes longer due to the volume of submissions received. We continue to review submissions and will be in touch as soon as we can.

Queries and revisions: 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. We will read the version of your work that you initially submit. We do not consider revisions to submissions once sent.

Withdrawals: If you send work via Submittable, do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw via Submittable, or for partial withdrawals, add a message to your submission.

We continue to seek work that engages with the climate crisis, along with other work that reimagines place.

Prose submissions: Send one prose piece of no more than thirty double-spaced pages (ca. 10,000 words) in a standard font. Note that most work we run is shorter than this upper limit. We are also interested in shorter prose works (minimum 2,000–3,000 words), one per submission. Prose should be typed and printed on one side of the page. Include page numbers and a word count; 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, but not overly seriously, with the sciences—ecology, natural history, 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 similarly with ecology, natural history, climate crisis, et al.

Minimum $200 honorarium for prose.

Poetry submissions: 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. 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.

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 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. We are always interested in work that considers place, ecology, identity, and climate crisis in fresh and expansive ways.

Minimum $100 honorarium for poetry.

Contributors receive an honorarium upon publication, two copies of the issue in which their work appears, and a one-year subscription beginning with the subsequent issue.

Writers outside the United States, please use Ecotone’s online submissions system to send your work.

Postal submissions: We are committed to receiving submissions by post for many reasons, among them to offer a fee-free option. 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 adhere strictly to posted dates. Any mailed submission postmarked outside the listed submission periods will be recycled unread. We have no preference regarding the use of staples versus paper clips, though we like to contemplate the merits of each. 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

Print correspondence: 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.

This category is available to current subscribers only. 

If you are unsure whether your subscription is current, please check your order email for the date of your order and the length of your subscription. Spring 2022 conference subscriptions remain current. If your subscription has lapsed, you may renew it in order to continue receiving the magazine and to submit free of charge—visit our renewals page, or you can renew here while you submit. If you haven't subscribed before, you may purchase a new subscription on our subscriptions page.

For Ecotone's spring 2023 reading period, we seek poems that think with or live within or respond to place and/or the climate crisis, including questions of environmental justice. This engagement can be subtle or super-clear. Experimentation with fixed forms (new or old), meter, and/or other poetic constraints is also welcome.

Upcoming issues: Ecotone's upcoming issues are issue 34, unthemed, and issue 35, the Labor Issue. Find calls for work on our Upcoming Issues page. We will consider work submitted this reading period for all upcoming issues, both themed and unthemed.

How to submit:

*Please send a single file containing three to five poems. 

*Do not include identifying information within the manuscript or in the filename. Don't paste your cover letter in as the first page of the file, and don't include your name in the header or footer.

*Write us a note, won't you? Include a brief cover letter in the cover-letter field, addressed to the editor(s) of your genre. Be sure to note the titles of the poems you are sending.

*Multiple submissions sent during this reading period, regardless of genre, will not be read. Please send only one submission in a given reading period, in either poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

*If you need to withdraw part or all of your submission, which you should do immediately if it is accepted elsewhere, do so by withdrawing or adding a message in Submittable; do not email the editors. Submittable's notes function is visible only to you; be sure to use the message option to withdraw single poems. 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.

*We do not consider revisions to work once submitted. We offer editorial support to all our contributors upon acceptance.

*Submissions include the option to renew your subscription. Expired subscriptions will begin with issue 33, the Ocean Issue; current subscriptions will be extended by one year.

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

This category is available to current subscribers only.

If you are unsure whether your subscription is current, please check your order email for the date of your order and the length of your subscription. Spring 2022 conference subscriptions remain current. If your subscription has lapsed, you may renew it in order to continue receiving the magazine and to submit free of charge—visit our renewals page, or you can renew here while you submit. If you haven't subscribed before, you may purchase a new subscription on our subscriptions page.

For Ecotone's spring 2023 reading period, we are glad to consider all nonfiction that engages with place, whether subtly or overtly. We are particularly interested, this reading period, in personal essays and other narratives that engage with the climate crisis and/or with the natural and social sciences—ecology, natural history, sociology, and other fields, not limited to Western contexts and modes of doing science.

Upcoming issues: Ecotone's upcoming issues are issue 34, unthemed, and issue 35, the Labor Issue. Find calls for work on our Upcoming Issues page. We will consider work submitted this reading period for all upcoming issues, both themed and unthemed.

How to submit:

*Nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced, no more than thirty pages in a standard twelve-point font, with pages numbered. (Most prose we publish is shorter than the upper limit given here.) The editors are also interested in seeing briefer works of nonfiction—minimum 2,500–3,000 words—one per submission. 

*Do not include identifying information within the manuscript or in the filename. Don't paste your cover letter in as the first page of the file, and don't include your name in the header or footer.

*Write us a note, won't you? Include a brief cover letter in the cover-letter field, addressed to the editor(s) of your genre. Be sure to note the word or page count and the title of the work you are sending.

*Multiple submissions sent during this reading period, regardless of genre, will not be read. Please send only one submission in a given reading period, in either poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

*If you need to withdraw your submission, which you should do immediately if it is accepted elsewhere, do so by withdrawing in Submittable; do not email the editors. 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; for this purpose, be sure to use the message option, as Submittable's notes function is visible only to you.

*We do not consider revisions to work once submitted. We offer editorial support to all our contributors upon acceptance.

*Submissions include the option to renew your subscription. Expired subscriptions will begin with issue 33, the Ocean Issue; current subscriptions will be extended by one year.

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

This category is available to current subscribers only.

If you are unsure whether your subscription is current, please check your order email for the date of your order and the length of your subscription. Spring 2022 conference subscriptions remain current. If your subscription has lapsed, you may renew it in order to continue receiving the magazine and to submit free of charge—visit our renewals page, or you can renew here while you submit. If you haven't subscribed before, you may purchase a new subscription on our subscriptions page.

For Ecotone's spring 2023 reading period, we are considering fiction that engages with or lives within place and/or the climate crisis, including questions of environmental justice. This engagement can be subtle or super-clear.

Upcoming issues: Ecotone's upcoming issues are issue 34, unthemed, and issue 35, the Labor Issue. Find calls for work on our Upcoming Issues page. We will consider work submitted this reading period for all upcoming issues, both themed and unthemed.

How to submit:

*Fiction submissions should be double-spaced, no more than thirty pages in a standard twelve-point font, with pages numbered. (Most prose we publish is shorter than the upper limit given here.) The editors are also interested in seeing briefer stories—minimum 2,500–3,000 words—one per submission.

*Do not include identifying information within the manuscript or in the filename. Don't paste your cover letter in as the first page of the file, and don't include your name in the header or footer.

*Write us a note, won't you? Include a brief cover letter in the cover-letter field, addressed to the editor(s) of your genre. Be sure to note the word or page count and the title of the work you are sending.

*Multiple submissions sent during this reading period, regardless of genre, will not be read. Please send only one submission in a given reading period, in either poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

*If you need to withdraw your submission, which you should do immediately if it is accepted elsewhere, do so by withdrawing in Submittable; do not email the editors. 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; for this purpose, be sure to use the message option, as Submittable's notes function is visible only to you.

*We do not consider revisions to work once submitted. We offer editorial support to all our contributors upon acceptance.

*Submissions include the option to renew your subscription. Expired subscriptions will begin with issue 33, the Ocean Issue; current subscriptions will be extended by one year.

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