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

Download a 2018 call for submissions to share.

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


NCLR Online 2017, due out late January or early February. Find here the complete table of contents.

NCLR 2017, print issue, due out in summer. Find here a working table of contents.

Links to Guidelines for Creative Writing Submissions:

Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15

Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Period: Feb. 1 through Mar. 15*
Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines

Poetry Submission Period:
Apr. 1 through May 15*

James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines

* Note new dates for cnf and poetry submissions, starting 2017!

Cretive 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.



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