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The North Carolina Literary Review

The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), produced at East Carolina University, publishes interviews and literary criticism about North Carolina writers and high-quality poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction by North Carolina writers or set in North Carolina. Our definition of a North Carolina writer is anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter.

A cross between a scholarly journal and a literary magazine, NCLR has won numerous awards and citations, including five from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals: the Best New Journal award in 1994, the Best Journal Design award in 1999 and 2010, the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007, and the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2014.

Latest News

Current Call for Submissions

  • 2025: NC LGBTQ+ Literature

    Randall Kenan. Bertha Harris. David Sedaris. Allan Gurganus. Jim Grimsley. These are just a handful of North Carolina authors who write openly and passionately about queer identities, issues, and joy. Whether explored through characters, journalism, memoir, poetry, drama, or other genres, these writers – along with other emerging or overlooked NC artists we hope to…

    2025: NC LGBTQ+ Literature

Upcoming Events

  • Thomas Wolfe Society Conference in May

    Thomas Wolfe Society Conference in May

    We are honored to welcome Clyde Edgerton, winner of the North Carolina Humanities Award for Literature, and Elizabeth Engelhardt, author of Boardinghouse Women, which examines the influence of the Old Kentucky Home on Wolfe’s life and works.  The theme of our conference is “The Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe.”

From the Archives

  • Not Lost: Elizabeth Spencer on Thomas Wolfe

    Friday from the Archives: “Look Homeward, Angel: Of Ghosts, Angels, and Lostness” by Elizabeth Spencer, introduced by Terry L. Roberts, from NCLR 12 (2003) We are looking forward to catching up dear friends at the Thomas Wolfe Society Conference in Durham NC at the end of May.

    Not Lost: Elizabeth Spencer on Thomas Wolfe

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