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.


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 prose

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

Open Reading Period 2: November 1 – November 30


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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Call for Entries

The Rhine Translation Prize

Deadline: December 31 Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

The Black Lawrence Press Rhine Translation Prize for a book-length literary translation from German into English celebrates the cultural power of literature in translation, highlights the vital contributions of literature in translation to the English-speaking world, and follows Black Lawrence Press’ history of publishing some of the most important voices in German, Austrian, and Swiss literature. The Prize will be awarded every two years. The inaugural Rhine Translation Prize will open for submissions on 1 July 2022. The deadline for entries is 31 December 2022. Entry Fee: $30 The winning translator and author will receive a prize of $1,000 (to be shared equally between translator and author––or the author’s estate, unless the work is in the public domain), book publication, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded upon publication. Judge and Rhine Translation Prize and Series Editor: Daniele Pantano Rhine Translation Prize Intern: Jade King    

Call for Entries

Immigrant Writing Series

Deadline: Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

The immigrant narrative is at the heart of the American experiment. However, despite the contributions of immigrants to the cultural, financial, scientific, and artistic makeup of the United States, there is no clear home for new immigrant writings in the United States. To remedy this, Black Lawrence Press proudly announces the Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series, an innovative program designed to provide a home for new immigrant writings in the United States and fill a much needed gap in the American literary community. The Series will remain a self-standing body with complete autonomy within Black Lawrence Press, and its editorial and advisory boards will be composed of immigrant writers and/or authors whose works explore the immigrant experience.

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.