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:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15

Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Period:
Feb. 15 through Apr. 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.

We nominate for the following prizes:

The Pushcart Prize
Best American Short Stories
Best American Essays

And we welcome writers to call other contests to our attention. We would be happy to nominate the writing in our pages for appropriate prizes.


Submit Online

ATTENTION CREATIVE WRITERS: Please note the reading periods for the different creative genres NCLR publishes. Review the submission Guidelines before beginning our online submission process. See also the NCLR Author Style Sheet.

Submissions are accepted through the  North Carolina Literary Review' s Submittable online submission manager.

After you have reviewed the submission guidelines to determine whether the reading period of your genre is currently open, click to open NCLR Submittable in a new window. Follow the directions below to upload your submission to this site.

Directions for NLCR Submittable:

  • Click on the appropriate submission category. (If the category of your submission does not appear, review NCLR's submission guidelines to determine when the reading period for that genre opens.)
  • Please read the category description and instructions carefully.

  • If you are not already a registered user of Submittable, you will be prompted to create an account before proceeding beyond this step.

  • If you already have a Submittable account, log in and proceed with the submission process.

Please note that the poetry and creative nonfiction competitions require you to be a subscriber (though you may subscribe after submission). And the fiction competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network, requires a submission fee. Please read the full guidelines for these competitions (see links on the left). We only read submissions in these genres through these competitions.

After you submit, you will receive an automated email. If you do not receive that email, either you have not completed your submission or our response was caught in your spam filter. Please add to your contacts list so that you do not miss our response to your submission. NCLR responds to every submission submitted through Submittable.


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