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.
The print issue is published annually in the summer. It is available via subscription and in independent bookstores across the state. Since 2012, a separate, open access online issue is released in the winter.
Interviews with Editor Margaret Bauer, James Applewhite, Jaki Shelton Green, Jill McCorkle, and Lee Smith • Fiction by Jim Grimsley • The First Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize Essay by Zackary Vernon • The James Applewhite Poetry Prize Poem by Debra Kaufman •
The Doris Betts Fiction Prize Story by Brad Field • And more . . .