Read or download the 2020 competition press release

NCLR Author Style Sheet

NCLR's submission process is entirely online. Click on the SUBMIT ONLINE tab above for directions in using NCLR Submittable.

Or go straight to NCLR Submittable to get started.

Fiction Submission Period: Sept. 15–Oct. 31
Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Period:
Jan. 15–Mar. 1

Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines

Poetry Submission Period:
Mar. 15 through Apr. 30

James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines

Questions about submissions, contact:

Read Duotrope Interview with
NCLR's editor.

above NCLR Founding Editor Alex Albright, 2009

alex albright creative nonfiction Prize

The 2021 Final Judge is Michael F. Parker.


Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR or  NCLR Online.

* We have $1000 for this competition's prize(s), with the prize for first place being at least $250 and up to the full $1000, depending on how many pieces are selected for publication (one in 2019 and 2015, for example, four in 2018 and 2020).

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