UNCW Literary Journal Honored for Consistent Excellency

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Ecotone, UNCW’s literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place, was recently honored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The AWP Small Press Publisher Award, given to a journal in even years and to a press in odd years, honors publication of consistently excellent work. Past winners include One Story, Creative Nonfiction, Milkweed Editions and Graywolf Press.

Ecotone is published by faculty and graduate students in the UNCW Department of Creative Writing and distributed nationally. Editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell explains the publication's mission as twofold: “To train new editors and designers in the craft, and a mission of what we call reimagining place, or thinking about place in new ways and bringing new voices into the space of place-based writing.”

This year’s winners were announced at the annual AWP Conference and Bookfair on March 23. In accepting the award, Phillips Bell thanked UNCW and the Department of Creative Writing for their steadfast support and the AWP “for making space for literary magazines and presses in the beautiful way that it does.”

The award includes a $2,000 honorarium.

- Caroline Cropp