Please read our complete submissions guidelines before submitting. 

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

Ends on May 15, 2017

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

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

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We welcome interviews, essays, and literary criticism for the 2018 special feature section on North Carolina Literature and the Other Arts. For our posted call for submissions for this issue, go to:

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.

Please consult the Author Style Sheet before submitting to this category.

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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. 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.