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

Poetry Submission Period:
Apr. 1 through May 15*

James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Period: TBA*
Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines
* Submission period changing to late summer/early fall in 2018. Exact dates TBA.

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.


Tip for poets from NCLR's Poetry editor

In NCLR 2007, we published an interview with Jeffrey Franklin, our poetry editor, who replied in response to what he considers as he reads poetry submissions,
"Does the poem care about line? Is it just prose broken into pieces, or is the author working with the line as a unit of meaning and of sound?"

On the subject of the poetic line, Jeff recommends Dana Gioia’s essay "Thirteen Ways of Thinking about the Poetic Line," originally published in Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry. NCLR thanks Dana Gioia and the editors of Measure for permission to share this essay with poets interested in submitting to us.

Download "Thirteen Ways of Thinking about the Poetic Line" PDF,55kb

To read more from NCLR’s poetry editor, order a copy of NCLR 16 (2007).