Submission Guidelines

Next Issue Call for Submissions

Interview and Critical Essay Submission Deadline:
August 31 (for the next year's issue).

Fiction Submission Period:
Jan. 1 through Feb. 15

Poetry Submission Period:
March 15 through May 1
Creative Noniction Submission Period:
June 15 through Aug. 1

Questions about submissions, contact:

the Editor

NCLR's submission process is entirely online. Click on NCLR Submittable to get started.

Submit Online

ATTENTION CREATIVE WRITERS: Please note the reading periods for the different creative genres NCLR publishes. Review the submission Guidelines before beginning our online submission process. See also the NCLR Author Style Sheet.

Online Submissions

The North Carolina Literary Review is no longer accepting submissions via US mail. NCLR is now using to accept online submissions.

After you have reviewed the submission guidelines to determine whether the reading period of your genre is currently open, click to open NCLR Submittable in a new window. Follow the directions below to upload your submission to this site.

Directions for NLCR Submittable:

  • Click on the appropriate submission category. (If the category of your submission does not appear, review NCLR's submission guidelines to determine when the reading period for that genre opens.)
  • Please read the category description and instructions carefully.

  • If you are not already a registered user of Submittable, you will be prompted to create an account before proceeding beyond this step.

  • If you already have a Submittable account, log in and proceed with the submission process.

Please note that the poetry and creative nonfiction competitions require you to be a subscriber (though you may subscribe after submission). And the fiction competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network, requires a submission fee. Please read the full guidelines for these competitions (see links on the left). We only read submissions in these genres through these competitions.

After you submit, you will receive an automated email. If you do not receive that email, either you have not completed your submission or our response was caught in your spam filter. Please add to your contacts list so that you do not miss our response to your submission. NCLR responds to every submission submitted through Submittable.


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