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 Elaine Neil Orr and Monique Truong • An Essay on Randall Jarrell by James Applewhite • European Scholars Read Charles Chesnutt and Paul Green • An Essay on Historical Fiction by Philip Gerard • The Doris Betts Fiction Prize Story by Laura Herbst • The James Applewhite Prize Poem by Elizabeth W. Jackson • And more . . .