Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc.

Type Of Organization
(704) 315-2131
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 our Writers/South Press, established in 2021, 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 chapbook collections and "Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit."

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Michael Dowdy
Contact Title
Journal Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Submissions Policy
For the inaugural Writers/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 15, 2021. 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. For flash, submit 1 to 2 pieces, up to 500 words apiece, fiction or nonfiction, any style, including experimental, hybrid, and lyrical. The entry fee of $15 includes a printed copy of "Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit" for entrants with U.S. mailing addresses, and a PDF copy for all others. Entries must be made through the online portal provided. 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 Only unpublished work will be considered.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 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. Writers/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
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
2 - 6 months
Author Payments
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Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Charlotte Lit: 2015; Writers/South Press: 2021
Number Of Books Published Per Year
6-12 (projected)
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book