*** Deadline extended until Art Director is ready to design essay. Submit today!


Blowing Rock [no more needed]
Boone [no more needed]
Harkers Island   
High Point
Morehead City
Salter Path
Shackleford Banks  
Wrightsville Beach

*Instructions for checking to see what size an image is at 300 dpi:

Using Preview:

  • Open file and click the Tools drop-down menu in the tool bar at the top of the screen.
  • Select adjust size.
  • Uncheck resample image.
  • Type 300 into resolution box.
  • Image must be at least 3x5 inches at 300 dpi.

Using Photoshop:

  • Open file and click the Image drop-down menu in the tool bar at the top of the screen.
  • Select image size.
  • Uncheck resample.
  • Type 300 into the resolution box.
  • Image must be at least 3x5 inches at 300 dpi.

**Instructions for removing color to see what your photograph will look like in black and white.

In Photoshop:

  • Open the photograph file and select Image in the tool bar menu at the top of the screen.
  • Select mode and click grayscale.
  • Save as and add BW in file name so as to not replace your original color photo.

In Preview:

  • Open the photograph file and select Tools menu from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • Select Color.
  • Slide the Saturation toggle all the way to the left.
  • Save as and add BW in file name so as to not replace your original color photo.


As her fans know, Margaret Maron has completed her 20-mystery series featuring traveling Judge Deborah Knott. In "From Manteo to Murphy: A Writer’s Personal Journey," an essay by Margaret Maron forthcoming in the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review, the author references her realization that she could send her judge/detective all over the state and through Deborah’s experiences “look at some of the issues confronting us at the end of the twentieth century while celebrating the state’s beauty and diversity.” NCLR is grateful to Margaret Maron for sharing her reflection upon writing her series with our readers for our 2018 issue, featuring North Carolina on the Map and in the News.

And now this…

How would you like to have a photograph of yours used in the layout of this essay by one of the talented graphic designers of the North Carolina Literary Review? Find on the left a list of places related to the Judge Knott cases mentioned in this essay. Over the years of bookstore readings and other public appearances after each new book in the series was published, according to the author, readers would recommend that she set the next book in … or … to which she would ask,  

“What makes your town special?”

Consider the photographs you have taken of the highlights of your own North Carolina town or during your vacation to one of these towns—photographs that show what makes these places special. Send to us and if your photograph is selected by our graphic designer for use in the essay layout, we will send you the 1994 issue, featuring an early interview with the author and, of course, put you on the list to receive the 2018 issue, featuring Margaret Maron’s essay—and your photograph.

The first 10 to submit and the first to submit for each place we need photographs of will receive a back issue featuring that place, whether or not their photo is selected. (One free place-based back issue per person.)

Submission directions:

  • We are looking for scenery, so prefer photographs that do not include people (except as part of the scenery, for example at the International Furniture Market in High Point).
  • Photographs can be from any time.
  • You may submit as many photographs as you like. Multiple photographs from the same place can be included in a single submission, but you will have to submit separately photographs from different places (from the list of places mentioned in the essay).
  • Photograph files must be high resolution to be published in a print publication. That means it must have been taken at at least 300 dpi at 3x5 inches. (To determine image size, see instructions on the left.*) Photographs that are not high enough resolution will not be considered.
  • Photographs will be published in black and white, but please submit in their original full color (unless originally taken in black and white). To see what your photograph will look like in black and white, see instructions on the left.**) How well photographs translate into black and white will be part of selection consideration.
  • In the interest of not spreading viruses and because some email programs compress photographs for sending, we ask that you submit your photograph as a .jpg or .tif file through NCLR’s Submittable account, which does require registration for use. There is no charge for using Submittable or for this submission.
    • The Submittable form will require caption and credit information and your mailing address to receive your issue if your photograph is selected.
    • Find instructions about using Submittable here:
    • If you have any difficulty uploading to or registering with Submittable or any other questions, please email NCLRSubmissions@ecu.edu  or call 252-328-1537.
    • Include your mailing address to receive your issues if your photograph is picked.
  • Submit via this link to submittable.

  • You may, in lieu of using Submittable, mail a photograph print to (postmark deadline 3/1):

    Attn.: Dr. Margaret Bauer, NCLR Editor
    ECU Mailstop 555 English
    Greenville, NC 27858-4353

    • For those who mail photographs, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your print photograph returned.
    • Include your email address for reply and include the signed photograph release form to avoid any delay if your photograph is selected.

    Click to download these directions.