Charlotte Lit’s Lit/South Awards are open October 1 – November 1. Current and past residents of North Carolina and its border states — Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia — are invited to enter their work in three categories: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Guidelines are below, and at Charlotte Lit’s Submittable site.
$6,000 in total prizes! Winners in each category receive $1,000, and an additional $3,000 prize pool is shared by the remaining finalists. And all winners, finalists, and selected semi-finalists will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit.
Categories & Prizes
• Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to five pages
• Fiction: up to 4000 words
• Nonfiction: up to 4000 words
• 1st Place: $1,000 in each category
• Shortlist (finalists) and longlist (semi-finalists): a share of a $3,000 prize pool
• Publication in the Spring 2024 issue of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit
Welcome to the Charlotte Lit’s 2024 Lit/South Awards!
- Awards are given in three categories: poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
The contest is open to current and former residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.
Winner in each category receives $1,000 and publication. Finalists and selected semi-finalists across all categories receive a share of a $3,000 prize pool, and publication.
All entrants who are published in Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit will receive a print copy by mail. The journal will also be available online at charlottelit.org.
For poetry, submit 1 to 3 poems in a single file, up to 5 pages total, any style or subject. For creative nonfiction and fiction, submit a single stand-alone work of up to 4,000 words.
For all categories, please use Times New Roman or another readable font. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please double-space with one-inch margins. Acceptable file formats: .doc, .docx, and .rtf.
Submissions must be the entrant’s original work. AI-generated work is prohibited. Submissions should be previously unpublished in any media including blogs and social media.
- In fiction and creative nonfiction, excerpts from longer works are permitted, but please note: they must stand alone as complete stories, and should not be labeled as excerpts.
The contest will be judged anonymously. Please do not include identifying information in your submission document or in our entry form. Entries that include your name will not be judged.
The editors will perform the initial screening of entries before sending finalists in each category to the contest judges. This year’s judges are Jericho Brown (poetry), Maggie Smith (creative nonfiction), and Clyde Edgerton (fiction).
There is a $10 entry fee for each submission. We will waive the submission fee for anyone with financial need. Please email us to request a waiver.
International submissions in English are allowed. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Submissions accepted October 1 – November 1, 2023, via Charlotte Lit’s Submittable page only.
Winners will be announced March 1, 2024. The journal will be published May 1, 2024.
Eligibility: In addition to the residency requirement (above), note the following: Charlotte Lit members, volunteers, students, and faculty are eligible to submit. Charlotte Lit staff and board members are not eligible to submit. Writers who have taken a Charlotte Lit or similar short course with one of the judges are eligible to submit. Friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current academic students of the judges are not eligible to submit in that category.