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 prose 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

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 writers 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 St. Lawrence Book Award

Deadline: August 31 Click Here to Submit

About the Contest

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poetry or prose. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.