Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15
Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition guidelines
Poetry Submission Period:
Apr. 1 through May 15*
James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition guidelines
Creative Nonfiction Submission Period: TBA*
Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition guidelines
* Submission period changing to late summer/early fall in 2018. Exact dates TBA.
First Prize $250 and publication in nclr
Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR and NCLR Online.
NCLR considers poetry submissions only through The James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Submission period: Apr. 1 through May 15 (This is a NEW reading period for this competition).
Eligibility Criteria & Submission Guidelines
The James Applewhite Poetry 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. Poetry submissions do NOT have to relate to an issue's special feature topic.
NCLR Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin will select poems to be published in the next year’s issues from the submissions to this competition. James Applewhite will choose the winning poem from these finalists.
Funding for this competition comes from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association's contribution to NCLR's budget.