Current and past residents from North Carolina and its border states — Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia — are invited to enter their work in four categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash. All winners and honorable mentions will be published in Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit in the spring. The contest is open annually September 1 – November 1, with winners announced the following spring. The 2022 winners are listed here.
Categories & Prizes
Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to five pages
Fiction: up to 4000 words
Nonfiction: up to 4000 words
1st: $1,500 and publication
2nd: $500 and publication
3rd: $250 and publication
Honorable Mentions: $50 and publication
2023 Judges: To Be Announced Soon!
FICTION: RON RASH
NONFICTION: STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST
POETRY: NICKOLE BROWN & JESSICA JACOBS
Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, winner of the Goldie Award in Poetry from the Golden Crown Literary Society, and a finalist for both the Brockman-Campbell and Julie Suk Book Awards. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), a biography-in-poems of Georgia O’Keeffe, won the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Julie Suk Award. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock-climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and now serves as the Chapbook Editor for Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown, with whom she co-authored Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/PenguinRandomHouse), and is at work on parallel collections of essays and poems exploring spirituality, Torah, and Midrash. You can learn more about her at jessicalgjacobs.com.
FLASH: TARA CAMPBELL
Welcome to the Charlotte Lit’s annual Lit/South Awards!
We’re offering $7,000 in prizes, plus publication in the Spring 2023 edition of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions.
- Categories: poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction.
- Prizes (in each category): $1,500 for first, $500 for second, and $250 for third, plus publication. Honorable mentions: $50 and publication.
- Eligibility: open to current and past residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.
- What to Submit:
- Poetry: submit 1 to 3 poems in a single file, up to 5 pages total, any style or subject.
- Fiction: submit 1 piece of up to 4,000 words, any style or subject.
- Creative Nonfiction: submit 1 piece of up to 4,000 words, any style (e.g., memoir, personal essay, nature writing) or subject.
- How to Submit: through our online Submittable portal only. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be considered.
- Pre-Screening: the editors will perform the initial screening of entries before sending finalists in each category to the contest judges.
- Concealed Judging: The contest will be judged anonymously. Submission documents should not include identifying information.
- Previous Publication: Entries should be previously unpublished in any media including blogs and social media.
- Entry Fee: $15 for each submission. All U.S. entrants will receive a print copy of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit. International entrants will receive a PDF copy. We will waive the submission fee for anyone with financial need. Please email us to request a waiver.
- International Submissions: Writers who meet the residency requirement but now reside outside the U.S. are welcome to enter. Entries must be in English.
- Multiple and Simultaneous: Both are welcome. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
- Eligibility: Charlotte Lit members and faculty are eligible to submit. Friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current academic students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category. Writers who have taken a Charlotte Lit or similar short course with one of the judges are eligible to submit.
- Submission period: September 1 – November 1, 2022.
- Winners Announced: March 1, 2023. Journal Publication: May 1, 2023.
Charlotte Lit’s Lit/South Awards adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.