Black Lawrence Press is an independent press specializing in books of contemporary literature and creative non-fiction. The Press will also publish the occasional translation from the German and the French. In January 2008 Black Lawrence Press became an imprint of Dzanc Books.
Our book contests are unique in that they are open to both poetry and fiction entries. We consider this a natural extension of the literary magazine, which traditionally publishes both fiction and poetry. Having a less limited focus than most other presses' literary contests affords Black Lawrence Press the opportunity to receive — and publish — the best writing today, period, regardless of genre. Our chapbook contest is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.
Where does the name
"Black Lawrence" come from?
Black Lawrence Press was founded in upstate New York in the land between two rivers, the Black River and the beautiful St. Lawrence River, hence the name Black Lawrence Press.
Regular submissions are considered on a year-round basis. Black Lawrence Press considers manuscripts in this category in the form of literary novels, poetry, and short story collections. While there is no reading fee for regular (general) submissions, it is very much appreciated when writers purchase a book or two from the press. This is not a requirement, but we certainly take notice of writers who demonstrate their support for the works we have already published. Please check the general submissions page for the most up-to-date guidelines information.
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award the St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of poems or short stories. Entrants must not have previously published a full-length collection of poems or stories.Chapbooks do not count as full-length books, so do not disqualify writers from the contest who have published or will have published chapbooks of poems or short stories. The winner of this contest will receive a cash award of $1,000 and book publication, as well as 10 copies of the book. For complete rules, please see our contest page.