Read or download the 2019 competition press release


NCLR Author Style Sheet

NCLR's submission process is entirely online. Click on the SUBMIT ONLINE tab above for directions in using NCLR Submittable.

Or go straight to NCLR Submittable to get started.

Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15

Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines

Creative Nonfiction Submission Period:
February 15 through April 1

Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines

Poetry Submission Period:
Mar. 15 through Apr. 30

James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines

Questions about submissions, contact:

Read Duotrope Interview with
NCLR's editor.

We nominate for the following prizes:

The Pushcart Prize
Best American Short Stories
Best American Essays

And we welcome writers to call other contests to our attention. We would be happy to nominate the writing in our pages for appropriate prizes.

alex albright creative nonfiction Prize

First Prize $1000* and publication in nclr

Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR and NCLR Online.

The 2019 competition final judge is Tony Earley.

* Thanks to a donation by a generous NCLR reader, the usual $250 for 1st prize has been raised to $1000 for the 2018 competition. Honoraria for finalists selected for publication will be announced after we receive the results of grant applications.

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