How to submit:
order to reduce the costs of printing and postage and in the spirit of
being a bit greener, Black Lawrence Press now accepts electronic
submissions rather than hard copies for our contests. Please submit your
manuscript and submission fee via Submittable.
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 45-95 pages in length (poetry) or 120-280 pages in length (fiction), 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
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The annual deadline for the prize is March 31. We accept entries starting February 1.
About the judges:
Black Lawrence Press does not use interns to screen entries. All entries are judged by the editors.
All finalists and semi-finalists will be announced on the Black Lawrence Press blog. All finalists will be announced on or before June 15 of each year. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by
withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted
for publication elsewhere.
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.