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 fiction 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 fiction 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 Hudson Prize

Deadline: March 31 Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. 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 awarded on publication.

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Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel.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.

The Hudson Prize 2018 Winner

© Iselle Kim

Alan Chazaro

for Piñata Theory

Alan Chazaro is a former high school teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts, Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco, and June Jordan Poetry for the People scholar at UC Berkeley. A Bay Area native, his poems have been featured in the San Francisco ChroniclePuerto del SolHuizacheAcentos Review, and Ninth Letter. He is a recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. His first poetry collection, This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, was the winner of the 2018 Black River Chapbook Competition, and his second book, Piñata Theory, was awarded the 2018 Hudson Prize. They are both forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press. He will be living in Southern and Central Mexico for the next 10 months, so hit him up on Twitter or Facebook.

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