Congratulations to David Gessner for his notable mention for his essay "Clappers" from Ecotone, No. 13 in Best American Essays 2013! Also, congratulations to the following for their ‘Notables’:

Schrand, Brandon R.: “Esto Perpetua,”
Vollmer, Matthew: “NeVer ForgeT,”

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Congratulations to Ecotone and to Andrew Tonkovich for his inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 for his piece, “Fallingfrom Ecotone, No. 14.  

Congratulations as well to Ecotone and to the authors for the following notable mentions (also included in Lookout’s Astoria to Zion anthology, releasing March 11, 2014):

Rick Bass: “The Blue Tree,”
Stephanie Soileau: “The Ranger Queen of Sulphur,”
Kevin Wilson: “Birth in the Woods,”



Congratulations to Ecotone and to the following authors for the notable mentions for essays from Ecotone, No. 14 in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013:

Beth Ann Fennelly: “Observations From The Jewel Rooms

Anne Gisleson:Shifting: Cycles of Loss on a Sinking Coast

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Congratulations to Ecotone and to the following for their notable mentions in Best American Short Stories 2013:

George Makana Clark:The Incomplete Priest,”
Lauren Groff: “Abundance,”
Peter Orner: “The Hole,”



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 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 goal is to publish a vibrant rather than docile literature of place. You won’t find the hushed tones and clichés 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.”

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