Advance Reading Copies On the Way!

After uploading the ARC yesterday, we’re one step closer to the March 2014 release of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade with a foreword by Ben Fountain.

image[Lookout intern Katie Jones putting the finishing touches on the ARC back cover.]

If you’re a reviewer or blogger and would like to request a copy of the ARC, please e-mail

Here’s the fantastic design in greater detail.


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Five Cover Letter Tips for Submitting to a Literary Journal

1.      Like all writers, we love animals, but after a while we get a little tired of hearing about your pets. If you have three turtles, we don’t think, oh but those three turtles probably need some fancy flies that could be bought with the money from publishing this story. We’re happy you have things in your life that you love—but this is a cover letter. Let’s get to your story!

2.      It’s usually best to keep the letter brief. Sure, we want to know that you’ve been published by the Paris Review, the New Yorker, and Agni—Hooray!—but then you’re fine with the phrase “and many other journals.” Listing another twenty places feels unnecessary. Plus the block of text makes our eyes glaze. Pick the top three or four—maybe five—and keep some mystery in this relationship.

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Meet our Poetry Editor, Regina DiPerna!


Regina is a 3rd-year poet in the MFA program at UNCW. We love her and we knew you would too, so we asked her a few questions so y’all could get to know her:

Favorite author, book, journal? What do you like? “Although I am a poet by trade, I find Paul Auster and Milan Kundera very inspiring. I also cannot wait to order the newest from Zadie Smith and Junot Diaz. As for poetry, I try to read the newest chapbooks I can find— I’m interested in exploring the current moment in poetry, however experimental or traditional, and always considering if a new voice would be a good fit for Ecotone. Also, let’s face it, I read an embarrassing amount of celebrity gossip”

Hit us with a place-based factoid/story about yourself: “I never thought I would live within walking distance of a Hooters. Sigh.”

Your favorite thing Ecotone ever published? “Mary Reufle’s three poems in the Remembrance issue were dynamite. Also, I really enjoyed Peter LaSalle’s short story ‘Tell Me About Nerval’ in the Happiness issue.”

Something random? “I sometimes have fantasies about breaking into other people’s houses and cleaning them.”
And that, dear readers, is Regina in 4 questions and a picture!
Want to meet the rest of our staff?
Stay tuned!

Great post from our favorites, Ecotone Journal!