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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 contributors have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as MacArthur, Guggenheim, and NEA fellows. But you’ll see that we’re just as excited to provide a home for exciting new talents.

We’re off to a good start in our first eleven issues. Since 2006 Ecotone is one of only two magazines in the country to have had its work reprinted in Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Science and Nature WritingThe Pushcart Prize, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. The magazine has also been a finalist for an Utne Independent Press Award. We urge you to read Ecotone and find out why Salman Rushdie considers it among a handful of magazines on which “the health of the American short story depends.”