We accept submissions year round.
Poetry: Submit no more than 6 poems at a time. Please group all poems in one file. Poems must be typed, either single- or double-spaced. The submission document must include your full name, home address, and email address.
Fiction: Submit no more than one prose piece, per genre, at a time. Prose must be typed, double-spaced and be no longer than twenty-five pages. Include your full name, home address and email address on all pages. File names should include the title, or a portion thereof, and the author's last name (ex: carver_smallgood.doc). Novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.
Essays: Submit no more than one nonfiction prose piece at a time. Submission must be typed, double-spaced and be no longer than twenty-five pages. Include your full name, home address and email address on all pages. Files should be saved as PDF. Our nonfiction section encompasses personal essays, travel writing, memoirs, and other forms of creative nonfiction.
Visual Art: CQ aims to feature a diverse range of contemporary artists, both established and emerging. We feature national and international work, in all printable mediums. We especially like art that is engaged with issues in the contemporary moment. Each issue typically has one color spread of up to fifteen images, along with one image featured on our cover and an artist's statement.
Expect four to six months for a decision. We do not reprint previously published work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, expecting that the author will notify us should the work be accepted by another journal.
A short story contest, judged by the New York Times best selling author, Daniel Wallace.
The Carolina Quarterly solicits stories that reimagine what it means to be ourselves and live in our world. We’re connected to our pasts—through stories, histories, and traditions—but we can also imagine other ways of being. These reimaginings may appear as fantastic before they’re realized. But that's OK. What is unlikely or strange may spark our creativity and reveal new opportunities. For this contest, The CQ is interested in stories that, like Wallace's novels, bring together the intimate—love and loss, redemption and revenge—and the cosmic—collective burdens of history, planetary concerns, and needs for human meaning.
Please submit stories beginning December 1, 2017 through May 1, 2018. Winners will be announced by August 1st and published in CQ's Fall/Winter 2018 issue--released on November 1, 2018.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, $1,000, 2nd, $500, and 3rd, $250, with honorable mentions for 4th and 5th places. All stories will be printed in the Fall 2018 issue of The Carolina Quarterly, 68.1. Each winner will also receive four free copies of the issue. First prize winner will also have an interview posted on our website.
Daniel Wallace's work has been published in over two dozen languages, and his stories, novels and non-fiction essays are taught in high schools and colleges throughout this country. His illustrations have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Italian Vanity Fair, and many other magazines and books, including Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds: Indispensible Wisdom and Cautionary Advice for Writers, by George Singleton, and Adventures in Pen Land: One Writer's Journey from Inklings to Ink, by Marianne Gingher. Big Fish was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003.
We do not publish work written by employees or students at UNC Chapel Hill. We will read all contest submissions.
CQ loves any and all well-crafted poetry. Past success has been found in sonnets, sestinas, lyrics, limericks. Meditations on chance, birds, alcohol, foxes, the refuse of city life, cars, ex-girlfriends, cowboys, and boxes. Regional, national, multi-national, para-national. We’re always on the lookout for poems that eschew narrative, play with form, and offer up a linguistic gut-punch.
Submit no more than 6 poems at a time. Please group all poems in one file. Poems must be typed, either single- or double-spaced. The submission document must include your full name, home address, and email address.