Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15
Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines
Poetry Submission Period:
Mar. 15 through Apr. 30
James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines
Creative Nonfiction Submission May 15 through July 1
Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines
First Prize $1000* and publication in nclr
Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR and NCLR Online.
The 2018 competition final judge will be Randall Kenan.
* 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.
NCLR now considers creative nonfiction submissions only through the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize Competition, named for NCLR's Founding Editor. Submission period: May 15 through July 1. (This is a NEW reading period for this competition).
Eligibility Criteria & Submission Guidelines
The Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition is open to any writer who fits the NCLR definition of a North Carolina writer: anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter.
* Members of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association receive both the NCLR and the North Carolina Historical Review as part of their membership fees.