Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc.

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc. – “Charlotte Lit” – is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts center formed in 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Lit’s mission is to celebrate the literary arts by educating and engaging writers and readers through classes, conversations, and community. The mission of Charlotte Lit Press, established in 2022, is to showcase exceptional writing – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction – from current and past residents of the American South (beginning with North Carolina and its four border states), by publishing poetry collections and "Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit."

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Kathie Collins
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essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
Southern Literary Review: Poetry Book of the Year, for "Homelight" by Lola Haskins (Charlotte Lit Press, 2023)
Representative Authors
AE Hines, Lola Haskins
Submissions Policy
For the 2023 Lit/South Awards: entries will be accepted from current and past residents of North Carolina and its four border states, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Submission period is September 1 – November 1, 2022. For poetry, Submit 1 to 3 poems in a single file, up to 5 pages total, any style or subject. For fiction, submit 1 piece of up to 4,000 words, any style or subject. For creative nonfiction, submit 1 piece of up to 4,000 words, any style (i.e., memoir, personal essay, nature writing) or subject. The $15 entry fee includes a printed copy of "Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit" for entrants with U.S. mailing addresses, and a PDF copy for all others. Entries must be made through the Submittable online portal. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome. Only unpublished work will be considered. The contest will be judged anonymously. Friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the final 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. Lit/South adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. (Note: Specific submission policies will be developed for our open edition of the journal, and for our chapbook publishing, at a later date.)
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
3 - 5 months
Author Payments
Lit/South Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction
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Year Founded
Charlotte Lit: 2015; Charlotte Lit Press: 2022
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