James Applewhite Poetry Prize
The 2021 Final Judge is 2018 Applewhite Prize winner Catherine Carter.
First Prize $250 and publication in nclr 2022
Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR and NCLR Online, and poets will receive $25–$100.
NCLR considers poetry submissions only through the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition. Submission period: March 15 through April 30.
Eligibility Criteria & Submission Guidelines
The James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition is open to any writer who fits the NCLR definition of a North Carolina writer: anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter. Poetry submissions do NOT have to relate to an issue's special feature topic.
- We have dropped the submission fee, but poets must be NCLR subscribers to submit:
- With a one-year subscription ($16), poets may submit 1-3 poems.
- With a two-year subscription ($27), poets may submit 4-5 poems.
- If you are not already a subscriber, you may subscribe after you submit.
- Current members of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association may submit up to 6 poems at no additional cost since a subscription to NCLR is already part of your membership.
- We do not have any line restrictions, though have rarely published a poem of longer than 3 pages of our layout.
- Submit poems electronically via Submittable before midnight April 30.
Contact NCLR’s Submission Assistant if you have any questions about Submittable's electronic submission process.
- To facillitate blind review of your poetry, do not include your name within your Word/.rtf files.
- Complete submission directions are provided within our Submittable site (including instructions to upload poems in separate files within your submission).
- Previously unpublished submissions only. Published means the work has appeared for public consumption in any form: print, online, digital, etc.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if a poem submitted has been accepted for publication elsewhere. It will be withdrawn from the prize competition and will not be considered for publication in NCLR.
NCLR Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin will select poems to be published in the next year’s issues from the submissions to this competition. James Applewhite will choose the winning poem from these finalists.
- All who submit will receive notification of the competition results via email within 3-4 months of the deadline, and a press release will be posted on the NCLR website and in social media, as well as sent out to the media.
- The winning poem and select finalists will be published in the following year’s issues of the North Carolina Literary Review. The authors of the poems published in the print issue will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their poem(s) appear(s), in addition to their subscription issue.
Funding for this competition comes from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association's contribution to NCLR's budget.
Questions may be directed to the NCLR staff or to the NCLR Editor.