We accept submissions year round. Click here to submit.
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.
About the Journal
The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork three times a year. For more than 65 years, the Quarterly has been publishing established and emergent writers for readers across the country. Pieces published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories. Housed in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.