Black Lawrence Press
Contemporary Literature & Non-Fiction
The Black River Chapbook Competition

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and twenty-five copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. Past winners include Helen Marie Casey (poetry), D. E. Fredd (fiction), Frank Montesonti (poetry), Sandra Kolankiewicz (poetry), T.J. Beitelman (poetry), Tina Egnoski (fiction), David Rigsbee (poetry),  Lisa Fay Coutley (poetry), Charlotte Pence (poetry), Amelia Martens (poetry), Russel Swensen (poetry), Nick McRae (poetry), and Shane McCrae (poetry), and Simone Muench (poetry).

CONTEST GUIDELINES

How to submit:

In order to reduce the costs of printing and postage and in the spirit of being a bit greener, Black Lawrence Press only accepts electronic submissions rather than hard copies for our contests. Please submit your manuscript and submission fee via Submittable.

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. Manuscripts should be 16-36 pages in length, not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Please include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable."

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Deadline:

The annual deadlines for the prize are May 31 for the Spring contest (we accept entries starting on April 1and October 31 for the Fall contest (we accept entries starting on September 1). 

About the judges:

Black Lawrence Press does not use interns to screen entries. All entries are judged by the editors.

Notification:

All finalists and semi-finalists will be announced on the Black Lawrence Press blog. All finalists will be announced on or before August 15 (Spring contest) or January 15 (Fall contest) of each year. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Other Notes:

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

All finalists will be considered for standard publication. In addition to each year's winner, Black Lawrence Press often offers standard publication to one or more other finalists. 

Thank you for your interest in Black Lawrence Press. 
Fall 2012 winner Simone Muench
IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING
Lisa Fay Coutley
Fall  2009 Winner

ISBN 978-0-9828766-3-3     $9.00
SANTA ANA
Russel Swensen
Spring 2011 Winner

ISBN 978-1-937854-22-5     $9.00
PURGATORY
Amelia Martens
Fall 2010 Winner

ISBN 978-1-9368731-7-3     $9.00
THE BRANCHES, THE AXE, THE MISSING
Charlotte Pence
Spring 2010 Winner

ISBN 978-0-9828766-7-1     $9.00