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Submissions and Contests

Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go.

SUBMISSIONS CALENDAR

The Big Moose Prize: December 1 – January 31
Open competition, novels

The Hudson Prize: February 1 – March 31
Open competition, poetry and short story collections

The Spring Black River Chapbook Competition: April 1 – May 31
Open competition, poetry and prose chaps

Open Reading Period 1: June 1 – June 30

The St. Lawrence Book Award: July 1- August 31
First book competition, poetry and short story collections

The Fall Black River Chapbook Competition: September 1 – October 31
Open competition, poetry and prose chaps

Open Reading Period 2: November 1 – November 30

SUBMISSIONS RULES

Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail. Please see individual contest and open reading period pages for specific guidelines and information.

All manuscripts should include a title page, table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Take note of the length guidelines specified on Submittable for each category. Please include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable.

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We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Entries

The Big Moose Prize

Deadline: January 31 Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.

Call for Entries

Open Reading Periods

Deadline: November 30 Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

Black Lawrence Press seeks innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go. During our June and November Open Reading Periods, we accept submissions in the following categories: novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German), and creative nonfiction. Black Lawrence Press is happy to select many of our titles through our twice-annual Open Reading Periods in June and November. Beginning with our November 2015 Open Reading Period, we will ask all submitters to select one Black Lawrence Press publication at a discounted price ($12, including shipping for print editions). Proceeds from the open reading period will go directly back into supporting the activities of the press. A list of publications to choose from will display on the Submittable categories during the the submission window. Submitters should follow the instructions on Submittable to select a publication and submit a manuscript.

The Big Moose Prize 2020 Winner

© Phoebe Haefele

Caroline Patterson

For The Stone Sister

Caroline Patterson is the author of Ballet at the Moose Lodge and two children's books on the natural world. She edited the literary anthology Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart. Her short fiction and essays have been published in journals including Epoch, Outside, Southwest Review, and Seventeen, and have been included in anthologies including A Million Acres, Montana Noir, Bright Bones, and The New Montana Story. A graduate of the University of Montana creative writing program in fiction, she was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, the Joseph Henry Jackson Prize from the San Francisco Foundation, a Vogelstein Foundation Award, and the Montana Arts Council Fellowship. She’s received residencies at Ucross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. She is currently the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, which places writers to teach creative writing in more than 34 elementary schools in rural, urban, and reservation schools across western Montana. She lives with her husband, writer Fred Haefele, in the Missoula home her great-grandfather built in 1906, which he built on the banks of the Clark Fork River where, he told his five-year-old son back in Chicago, they could throw stones in the water and the family could come and “cut out all worrying.” Her two grown children visit on Sundays for dinner and laundry.

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