Black Lawrence Press

Open Reading Periods

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.

Summer reading period: June 1 – June 30

Fall reading period: November 1 – November 30

Black Lawrence Press is happy to select many of our titles through our twice-annual Open Reading Periods in June and November. (Here’s a list of our recent open reading period picks.) 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.

How To Submit

Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail.

All manuscripts should include a title page (including your name and contact info), 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. Please follow the length requirements for the category to which you are submitting. 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 open reading period is currently closed.

Entry Period: June 1 - June 30 and November 1 - November 30

Previous selection


Previous selection WHERE WE GO WHEN ALL WE WERE IS GONE by Sequoia Nagamatsu

“These stories deftly breathe new life into the myths and pop culture of an older Japan, bringing them into the modern world and directing them in unexpected ways. It’s hard to tell if Nagamatsu holds nothing sacred, or if he holds everything to be. In either case, the effect is the same: these are deft atmospheric romps that a hell of a lot of fun but also worm their way under your skin before you know it. An addictive and compelling debut.”
—Brian Evenson, author of Lords of Salem (as BK Evenson w/ Rob Zombie) and A Collapse of Horses


“A combination of the mystical, magical, and marvelous, Sequoia Nagamatsu weaves a collection of bold, hysterical, and moving tales into an unforgettable debut. From shape-shifters, to star-makers, to babies made of snow, the characters in Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone form a community of longing, of the surreal, of wonder. What a joy it is to read each and every story.”
—Michael Czyzniejewski, author of I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories