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It’s Best American Time

basnw16It’s that time of year, y’all: Best American time! Congratulations to all of our contributors whose work is reprinted or commended in this year’s anthologies—and shout-outs to the following authors, whose work first appeared in Ecotone. Subscribers can log in to our website to read most of these pieces, and we’ll make a few of them open-access during the month of October:

Amy Leach’s essay “The Modern Moose,” from the Sound Issue, is reprinted in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016.

In The Best American Short Stories 2016, two stories from Ecotone’s tenth-anniversary issue are listed as notables: Steve Almond’s “Dritter Klasse Ohne Fensterscheiben” and Jamie Quatro’s “Wreckage.”

The Best American Essays 2016’s Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016 includes four from Ecotone: “The Ear Is a Lonely Hunter,” by Barbara Hurd, “Mapping the Bottom of the World,” by Kate Miles, and “D Is for the Dance of the Hours,” by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, all from the Sound Issue; and “Hope Without Hope,” by Ana Maria Spagna, from Ecotone 19.

Finally, we’re very pleased to report that the Sound Issue is one of The Best American Essays’s Notable Special Issues of 2015! In celebration, during the month of October, we’re offering copies of the issue for $10—0r you can add a copy of Sound to a new subscription for just $7—$21.95 for Sound plus issue 22, the Country and City issue, and issue 23. If you’d like to see what we’re up to next, be sure to subscribe or renew.

Happy fall, happy reading, and congrats to our fabulous contributors!

Overheard at AWP!


To celebrate our Sound issue at AWP16, Ecotone created a special  hashtag: #OHatAWP (short for “overheard at AWP”). Turns out, writers are great at eavesdropping! Our intrepid participants overheard gems of nonsequiturs, some truly serendipitous snark, endearing expressions of earnestness, writing questions/complaints as old as time (yes, we all commit to agony… and constantly get asked what it is that we actually write), and quite a bit of atmospheric and abstract sounds, too. We have to say, the whole endeavor made us a little better at listening!


We also promised to reward a free yearlong subscription to the AWP attendee who overheard the sound we most enjoyed. Congrats to said winner—Anne Corbitt, a Georgia fictioneer and Twitter follower who overheard the following: “I was trying to figure out if I write better in a chateau or a castle. I don’t recommend chateau writing.”


We don’t totally get it, but hey, we will heartily drink to that! If you didn’t win, keep heart–we’re still offering our AWP discount code: AWP16, which grants you two issues for $14.95—two issues at more than 50% off the cover price!

IMG_1833Thanks to all who stopped by our booth, participated in our #OHatAWP game, and/or introduced Ecotone or a Lookout Books title to a friend at AWP 16!



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Ecotone Wants to Know What You Overhear at AWP: #OHatAWP

To fête our Sound issue, Ecotone will be dedicating a Twitter/Instagram/FB hashtag to it at AWP: #OHatAWP (short for “overheard at AWP”).

It’s a tongue-in-cheek homage to Overheard in New York, the humor blog that documents snippets of conversation heard by passersby in NYC (as well as to spin-off endeavors including Overheard at The Office, Overheard in Philadelphia/Minneapolis/Berkeley, and Overhead Everywhere).

So, let’s all get ready to eavesdrop! We’ll be cataloging the most interesting sounds in and around the conference. Think: cool quotes from panels, people getting excited about seeing fave writers/books/journals, funny things passersby say, and non-human noises, such as, I don’t know, the Santa Ana winds blowing in from the east, the sound of relief when you realize your shift at the booth doesn’t start until 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the sound of ice tinkling at off-site events, the sounds of anticipation when Roxane Gay is about to read, the sounds of seventy degrees and manzanitas in bloom and real tacos sizzling at streetside carts.

To incentive you, Ecotone is hosting a social media contest (encompassing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the very best #OHatAWP post. You must use the hashtag and tag us to be considered. We’ll retweet/share all the particularly funny/profound ones, and we’ll decide on a winner once the conference ends. Said winner will receive a free yearlong subscription, or will get a year added to their current subscription.

Which brings us to the physical component: We’ll have a chalkboard at our booth, on which we’d love for you to write you “#OHatAWP @ecotonemagazine” thoughts. We’ll take pictures of the blackboard, and you if you’d like!, and post them all over our social media. We also hope you’ll post your own pictures and tag us. We’ve got free postcards with photos from our Sound issue to thank you for your participation–come by and check them out.

We can’t wait to hear what you hear. We’ll see you, and hear you, at AWP!


Sound Off!

Ecotone-20-Sound-cover-325x479You heard it here first: Ecotone’s Sound Issue is just up on our website! Subscribers can read much of the issue there (be sure to log in first). And if you’re not a subscriber but are longing to hold this issue in your hands, you can of course get your very own copy.

The issue includes our first ever audio supplement—five songs, including one written by a glacier. Sarah Bryan finds music in found photographs, Barbara Hurd tunes in to spadefoot frequencies, Kate Miles writes in the key of quake, and Aisha Sabitini Sloan listens to Motor City opera. There’s new fiction from Aamina Ahmad, Toni Jensen, Brian Doyle, and Caitlin Hayes. And a ton of poetry! Annie Finch writes about Carolyn Kizer, and there are new poems from Noh Anothai, Ned Balbo, John Lee Clark, Michael Brooks Cryer, Katy Didden, Juliana Gray, Anya Groner, Molly Sutton Kiefer, David Kirby, Angie Macri, Sandra McPherson, Corinna McClanahan Schroeder, Ralph Sneeden, and Lynne Thompson. Plus a bunch of special features, from the Cherokee syllabary to evening grosbeaks’ dialects.

We’re so excited about this one that we’re offering a special: subscribe for just $15 and we’ll send you the Sound Issue now, to be followed in May by Issue 21. Or subscribe for two years for $25—four issues featuring our stellar contributors and plenty of fine place-based poetry, short stories, essays, maps, comics, and art! Until March 10, visit and use the code newsound for one-year subscriptions, or newsound2 for two-year subscriptions, to receive this discount.

Over the next few months, we’ll make a small selection of work from the issue online available to all; check our homepage to see the first features from the issue! And keep watching the blog for extra features on record labels, Sound contributors, and more.