A Literary Journal
March 16, 2024 — August 15, 2024
The reading window opens on March 16, 2024, and closes at midnight on August 15, 2024 (eastern time, USA).
[These rules and guidelines can also be downloaded as a PDF here.]
County Lines: a Literary Journal is published annually by the Carolina Piedmont Writers Guild, showcasing a curated collection of the finest poetry, prose, and interior art/photography by creators of all ages from all over North Carolina Piedmont, the United States, and beyond.
Writers, poets, and artists with works accepted for publication will receive one complimentary copy of the journal.
Submitters can be of any age or from any location worldwide.
All works must be your own, original creations.
Work may not contain erotica, violence, hate, political editorial, or excessive profanity.
How to Submit Your Work
Email your submission to CPWG.CountyLines@gmail.com
Ensure the subject line reads County Lines Submission
Multiple submissions (via a separate email for each) are permitted.
Attach your work(s) (see detail below) to the email as a .docx or .doc file(s) (prose or poetry) or a .jpg file(s) (art).
Attach a cover sheet (separately) to the email as a .docx or .doc containing the following:
Your name and the name under which you prefer to be published (pen name), if applicable (mirrored in the manuscripts for any written works)
The title or titles of your works
A bio of no more than 70 words written in the third-person point of view
Detail: The Attached Work(s)
Prose submissions may contain only 1 work of prose of no more than 3,000 words (excluding title).
Poetry submissions may contain up to 3 poems of no more than 30 lines each (excluding title and stanza-separating empty lines). Attach each poem to the email as a separate .docx or .doc document.
Art submissions may contain up to 3 separate .jpg images.
TIPS FOR FORMATTING ARTWORK: portrait orientation and high-quality images are best.
By submitting a work for consideration, you implicitly grant first-time-only publication rights to the Carolina Piedmont Writers Guild in the event the work is accepted for inclusion.
All proceeds from the Carolina Prize contest help fund the Carolina Piedmont Writers Guild’s efforts to promote and support the activities and endeavors of the Guild.