Please read our complete submissions guidelines before submitting. 

Categories are active (i.e, genre/section submission categories are visible) during the submission period.

To read the full guidelines for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition, including eligibility requirements, click here

The final judge for the 2020 competition is North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green. Winner receives $250 and publication in NCLR. Selected finalists will also be published.

You must be an NCLR subscriber to submit to the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition (though you may subscribe after submitting). 

With a one-year subscription ($15), submit 1-3 poems. With a two-year subscription ($25), submit 4-5 poems. Members of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association (who receive a subscription with their membership) may submit up to 6 poems.

There are no line restrictions; however, NCLR rarely publishes poetry longer than 2 of our designed pages (occasionally 3 pages).

Once you have submitted your piece(s) on Submittable, you will receive an email with a link to subscription information. 

Please direct questions about the competition to

To check on your subscription status, please contact Suzi Waters, Journals Manager at UNC Press, our distributor: (919) 962-4201 or

DEADLINE AUGUST 31.  We welcome interviews, essays, and literary criticism for the 2021 special feature section on Healing through Writing. Note that all submissions must be North Carolina-related (author/subject or focus).

Fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction must be submitted through our competitions, NOT in this category. Those submission categories will be available for submission when each reading period is open. For more information, see NCLR's full submission guidelines.
Submissions on a neglected, forgotten, or overlooked writer will be considered for NCLR's John Ehle Prize, sponsored by Press 53.
   Please consult the Author Style Sheet before submitting to this category.
   Email queries to the editor at

You are welcome to submit on topics we have already covered in past issues. We consider interviews, literary criticism, and one-act plays for our Flashbacks section. (Creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry must be submitted through our competitions. For more information, see NCLR's full submission guidelines.)

Please consult the author style sheet before submitting your manuscript.

Email queries regarding such submissions to the Editor at

  We are always interested in interviews with North Carolina writers and literary criticism that introduces a new NC writer or that reintroduces a forgotten NC writer (the latter would be eligible for the John Ehle Prize, if selected for publication). One-act plays (by a NC playwright or set in NC) may also be submitted in this category. (Creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry must be submitted through our competitions. For more information, see NCLR's full submission guidelines.) 

   Before submitting, consult the Author Style Sheet.
  Email queries to the Editor.


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