Literary Magazine

Turning the page

The Next Chapter Literary Magazine is the realization of one of my dreams. Having been the editor of my high school newspaper and helped start a high school literary magazine, my own literary magazine is something I’ve wanted for quite a while. When I took over the bookstore, I decided, in the middle of a pandemic, what better time to launch just such a creature? Issue 1, with a theme of “Arts in Quarantine”, came out in July 2020 and was such a success, I immediately began planning the next issue for January 2021. Issue 2’s theme of “Creative Convergence” resulted in some truly spectacular work being submitted by local artists and authors.

The quality of work I receive when I put out a call for submissions constantly amazes me. I mean, why would the authors of this area, many of whom are already published and have multiple awards, trust me with their work? The knowledge that they do has spurred me on to make certain The Next Chapter Literary Magazine, of which I am proud to call myself editor, contains the very best Eastern North Carolina has to offer. It’s also nice that my experience in publishing my own books has taught me how to design and edit a quality product that we can be proud of.

—Michelle Garren Flye, editor The Next Chapter Literary Magazine

Submissions OPEN!

Submissions for the next issue of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine (January 2021) are now open! The theme is “History”. Deadline is November 1, 2021. You will be notified by November 7, 2021 of your submission’s status. If you do not hear by November 7, 2021, please feel free to inquire! Emails do get lost, sometimes due to operator error…

How to Submit

January 2021 submissions will be accepted until November 1, 2021. Email all submissions to

What to Submit

Poetry, photography, artwork, essays and short stories up to 2,000 words in length. Please submit photography and art as jpg, png or other high quality electronic file. Essays, poems, and short stories should be submitted in Microsoft Word or in the body of the email. (Please note that only the cover art will be in color.) Please include a short (up to 100 words) bio.


If your submission is accepted, you will receive $10 plus a copy of the magazine that your submission is in OR two copies of the magazine. All rights except a one-time publishing right remain with the author.

Rules and Restrictions

Only authors and artists who call Eastern North Carolina home (you grew up here, you live here now, you used to live here) are eligible to submit to the literary magazine.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published submissions are fine as long as you retain the copyright to your work. Please inform me if credit should be given to a previous publication.

Multiple submissions are discouraged, but acceptable in the areas of short poetry and photography/art. (I want to give everyone an equal opportunity!)

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