Welcome to Writers/South, the journal and publishing imprint of Charlotte Lit.

Writers/South will award $10,000 in prizes for writing in four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash. Entries are limited to current and former residents of North Carolina and its border states: South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The winning entry in each category will be awarded $1,500. Second and third place stories will be awarded $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mentions will be awarded $50.  All winning entries and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions. Judges for this year’s poetry awards are Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs.

Poetry Award Guidelines:

  • Winner receives $1,500 and publication.
  • Second and third place receive $500 and $250, respectively, and publication. Honorable mentions receive $50 and publication.
  • The contest is open to current and former residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.
  • Submit 1 to 3 poems in a single file, up to 5 pages total, any style or subject. Please use Times New Roman or another readable font. Acceptable file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.
  • Poems should be previously unpublished in any media including blogs and social media.
  • The contest will be judged anonymously. Please do not include identifying information in your submission document.
  • The editors will perform the initial screening of entries before sending finalists in each category to the contest judges.
  • There is a $15 entry fee for each submission. All U.S. entrants will receive by mail a print copy of Writers/South: 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 for further information.
  • International submissions in English are allowed. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submission window: September 1 – December 1, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced March 1, 2022. The journal will be published May 1, 2022.
  • Friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category. Writers who have taken a Charlotte Lit short course with one of the judges are eligible to submit.

Charlotte Lit Writers/South adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Please email editor@charlottelit.org with any questions. Visit charlottelit.org to learn more about Writers/South Press and our other programming.

Welcome to Writers/South, the journal and publishing imprint of Charlotte Lit.

Writers/South will award $10,000 in prizes for writing in four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash. Entries are limited to current and former residents of North Carolina and its border states: South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The winning entry in each category will be awarded $1,500. Second and third place stories will be awarded $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mentions will be awarded $50.  All winning entries and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions. The judge for this year’s nonfiction award is Stephanie Elizondo Griest.

Nonfiction Award Guidelines:

  • Winner receives $1,500 and publication.
  • Second and third place receive $500 and $250, respectively, and publication. Honorable mentions receive $50 and publication.
  • The contest is open to current and former residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.
  • Submit up to 4000 words, any style or subject. Please use Times New Roman or another readable font, double-spaced with one-inch margins. Acceptable file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.
  • Entries should be previously unpublished in any media including blogs and social media.
  • The contest will be judged anonymously. Please do not include identifying information in your submission document.
  • The editors will perform the initial screening of entries before sending finalists in each category to the contest judges.
  • There is a $15 entry fee for each submission. All U.S. entrants will receive by mail a print copy of Writers/South: 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 for further information.
  • International submissions in English are allowed. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are simultaneous submissions. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submission window: September 1 – December 1, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced March 1, 2022. The journal will be published May 1, 2022.
  • Friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category. Writers who have taken a Charlotte Lit short course with one of the judges are eligible to submit.

Charlotte Lit Writers/South adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Please email editor@charlottelit.org with any questions. Visit charlottelit.org to learn more about Writers/South Press and our other programming.

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