Launching in 2022: Charlotte Lit Press

Welcome to the new Charlotte Lit Press. The press’ mission is to showcase exceptional writing – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction – from current and past residents of the American South.

Our debut initiative is the annual Lit/South Awards,* with $10,000 in prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash, with all winners and honorable mentions published in Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit in the spring.

Submissions for the first contest and issue (which closed December 1) were accepted from current or past residents of North Carolina and its four border states, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Our judges are Ron Rash (fiction), Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown (poetry), Stephanie Elizondo Griest (creative nonfiction), and Tara Campbell (flash).

Winners will be announced on March 1, 2022 and the journal will be published on May 1, 2022. More details can be found on our contest page.

Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit will debut in spring 2022, featuring all honored writers from the first Writers/South Awards, as well as contributions from our judges: Ron Rash, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Tara Campbell.

*The contest was promoted using the name “Writers/South.” Due to our discovery of a prior use in commerce for that phrase, we have renamed the contest Lit/South Awards.