AWP 2014

Thanks to everyone who made this a great AWP!

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Aaron App’s “Barbecue Catharsis”

Suzanne Marie Hopcroft’s “Turn and Return”

Philip Holden’s “Stranger”

Like what you see and ready to submit? Find our submission guidelines here.

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See you next year!

Pushcart Nominations

We love all the work we publish in the pages of CQ – but sometimes we are called upon to play favorites. Our 2013 Pushcart selections represent the strength, range, and diversity of the writing we publish each year:

“Apartment on Market Street” by Jack Christian. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1
(Spring 2013).

“Preludes” by Leslie Bazzett. Published in Vol. 63 no. 2 (Fall 2013).

“Barbecue Catharsis” by Aaron Apps. Published in Vol. 63 no. 2 (Fall 2013).

“Song” by Russel Swensen. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013).

“Turn and Return” by Suzanne Marie Hopcroft. Published in Vol. 63 no. 1
(Spring 2013).

“The Word Worried is the Word Straw” by Brandon Amico. Published in Vol.
63 no. 2 (Fall 2013)

Congratulations to all our nominees. Thanks for letting your words find at home at CQ.

The End Is Nigh Prose Contest

THE END IS NIGH: A Researched Prose Contest from the Carolina Quarterly.

STEP 1: Excavate bunker in backyard. Prep doomsday go-bag. Sharpen quills.endisnighcrop
STEP 2: Survive apocalypse, literal, metaphorical, figurative or otherwise. Take copious notes.
STEP 3: Write it up. Send it in.
STEP 4: Win cash money, big-time celebrity writer validation, publication in the Carolina Quarterly and titillating sexual favors from adoring fans.*

Send us your dispatches about anxious endings, anticipated apocalypses, doomsday prepping, or getting right with God and family before it all comes crashing down. Or tell us about the aftermath of a less-than-total cataclysm. How do you move on after you literally (or figuratively) bet it all on END.

Pieces should incorporate travel experience, archival research, ethnographic observation, interviews, technical vocabulary from specialized professions, schematics for future technologies, or otherwise explore the vast, undocumented wilderness that lies beyond contemporary fiction and nonfiction’s manicured, clearly demarcated backyards.

Contest ends at midnight EST, December 31, 2013. No more than 5000 words per submission. Author name and contact information should appear on the cover letter, but nowhere else on the submission.

The grand prize winner will receive $1000. Three runners-up will receive $150 each. All winners will be published in an upcoming issue and featured in our online edition.


Contest entry fee is $15, or $25 with a one-year subscription to the Quarterly (Just a buck more than the regular price!).

To submit, go here:

Or mail your entry, fee, and a SASE to THE END IS NIGH, Carolina Quarterly, 510 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.


Contest Judge: Jim Shepard
Jim_Shepard_bodyJim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently You Think That’s Bad (Knopf, March 2011). His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in Williamstown with his wife Karen Shepard, his three children, and two beagles.


*no promises on that last bit.

Best New Poets Nominees

CQ is pleased to announce that Corrie Williamson and Suzanne Marie Hopcroft are our 2013 nominees for Best New Poets. Williamson’s poem “The Mole, the Sweet Potato, and the Possibility of Allegory” appeared in Issue 62.2 and Hopcroft’s poem “One-Way” was published in our latest, Issue 63.1.

Hopcroft – “One Way”

Williamson – “The Mole, the Sweet Potato, and the Possibility of Allegory”

Second Annual Bards on the Bus Contest Winners

In honor of National Poetry Month, The Carolina Quarterly launched a contest to display the poetic talents in Orange County, North Carolina on all Chapel Hill Transit buses. To do so, we ran a poetry contest open to all students at UNC-Chapel Hill and residents of Orange County. We received a number of wonderful submissions and left the unenviable task of selecting the winners to contest judge Rachel Richardson

The winners are as follows:

$50 Grand Prize Winner:
Lauren Moore – “Dull Metal”

Honorable Mentions:
Caleb Agnew – “Time Travel”
Emily Cameron – “Spring Haiku”
Jessica Martell – “Gerard Manly Hopkins Goes Grocery Shopping”
Karina McCorkle – “Double Ear Infection”

Each Chapel Hill Transit bus will feature two poems throughout the month of April. Lauren’s poem will appear on all 98 CHT buses, while the Honorable Mentions will be randomly distributed amongst the buses. The posters go out on MONDAY APRIL 1, so keep an eye out for them.

Thanks to everyone who submitted poems, and to Rachel Richardson for judging. Immense thanks to Assistant Editors Bhumi Dalia and Heather Van Wallendael for publicizing and successfully implementing the contest. Thanks also to Assistant Transit Director Brian Litchfield of Chapel Hill Transit for helping us to get poetry onto the buses.

You can take a look at the posters here: