REACHING A BROADER AUDIENCE
North Carolina Literary Review launches online supplement
March 28, 2013
ECU News Services
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide an effective venue for the state’s authors and artists to showcase their work, the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) has launched the literary magazine’s second issue of NCLR Online, a winter supplement to the annual print issue, which is published in the summer.
Expanding to a second issue—and making that issue available exclusively online—represents a unique opportunity for NCLR, its contributors, and its readers, said Margaret Bauer, editor of NCLR and Rives Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University.
“Open access to NCLR Online enables the publication to reach a broader audience, acquainting more people with North Carolina’s rich literary history, while at the same time raising awareness for and interest in the print issue,” Bauer said.
The artists and writers for the online issue can readily promote their work in NCLR Online by linking to the journal from their websites and social media pages. In addition, the online and print issues include content that is by turns complementary to and independent of each publication.
“As a result, readers can be offered more book reviews and literary award stories in the online issue and more of the best of the state’s literary and artistic work in the print issue,” she said.
NCLR Online 2013 includes three stories by finalists in the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network. The 2012 winning story will be published in the 2013 printissue.
The online edition also includes poetry by three finalists in NCLR’s own James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition. Readers may also link from NCLR Online to the award presentation video from the 2012 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, to watch James Applewhite announce the finalists and winner, and to see a reading of the first place poem by its author, Mark Smith-Soto. This winning poem will be published in the 2013 print issue, along with the second place and honorable mention poems.
NCLR Online also includes content related to the year’s special feature topic. For 2013, that topic is “North Carolina: A State of Change, A Changing State,” and features an article from Joan Conwell about her search for Latino/a writers in the state. After reading this essay, readers will want to subscribe to NCLR to read Conwell’s interview with María DeGuzman, founder of the Latina/o Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bauer said.
Also in this issue is Hal McDonald’s interview with popular novelist Sarah Addison Allen, who talks about how elements of magic realismfound their way into her fiction. And readers will see poetry by preeminentNorth Carolina poets James Applewhite and Fred Chappell, both of whom are also featured in the forthcoming print issue.
Published by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards in its two decades of publication. NCLR Online maintains the same level of design as the printed editions, created by the journal’s art director, Dana Ezzell Gay, a faculty member at Meredith College in Raleigh.
To read NCLR Online or subscribe to the print issue, go to www.nclr.ecu.edu.