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Ecotone 12

Editor-in-Chief: David Gessner
Publisher: Emily Louise Smith
Editor: Anna Lena Phillips
Associate Editor: Beth Staples
Published biannually

Ecotone, founded in 2005, is a semiannual literary magazine 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 clich├ęs of much of so-called nature writing in our pages.

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 new talents.

We're off to a good start in our first fifteen issues. In the last three years, Ecotone is the only magazine 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 Writing, New Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize. Earlier this year the magazine also earned its first nomination 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."