For writers’ guidelines and submission instructions,
click on the SUBMISSIONS tab above right.

Submit essays and interviews for the 2020 issuee here. See below for Creative Writing submissions.

Email the editor if you have an idea for a future special feature section topic.

Links to Guidelines for Creative Writing Submissions:

Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15

Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction NEW Submission Period:
February 15 through April 1

Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines

Poetry Submission Period:
March 15 through Apr. 30

James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines

Creative writing submissions do NOT have to relate to the special feature topic.

Creative submissions related to the special feature topic must still be submitted within the reading period for the genre.


A.R. Ammons
Charles W. Chesnutt
Allison Hedge Coke
Hannah Crafts
Moira Crone Blake Crouch
Tony Earley
Ben Fountain
Matthew Griffin
Jim Grimsley
Garth Risk Hallberg
Tony Hoagland
Harriet Ann Jacobs
Gary Copeland Lilley
Kelly Link
Armistead Maupin
Kat Meads
Robert Morgan Gwendolyn Parker
Dale Ray Phillips
David Sedaris
Monique Truong Stephanie Powell Watts
Marly Youmans

Whom have we overlooked?
Many submissions for this special feature section could be eligible for NCLR's new John Ehle Prize.

Submit your essays and interviews for the next special feature section here by August 31.


Find a call for submissions for SAMLA panels on this topic here. Abstract deadline May 15.

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