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 Clyde Edgerton, Michael Götting, Matthew Griffin, and Garth Risk Hallberg
• An Essay on Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain Opera • Poetry by Betty Adcock, James Applewhite, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Fred Chappell, and Robert Morgan • Fiction by Michael Parker • The Doris Betts Fiction Prize Story by Anita Collins • The James Applewhite Poetry Prize Poem by Russell Colver • The Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize Essay by Trace Ramsey • And more . . .