Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short stories. 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.
Please make sure that your submission package includes the following:
-A cover letter with brief bio and contact information including your e-mail address(es)
-An acknowledgments page for publications in which the poems/stories first appeared (if applicable)
-A contest entry fee of $15.00 IMPORTANT: please make out check to Dzanc Books (not Black Lawrence Press)
-A table of contents page
-Your manuscript (16-36 pages long) with numbered pages.
There are two deadlines for this award: May 31 and October 31.
Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:
BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS
The Black River Chapbook Competition
8405 Bay Parkway, C8
Brooklyn, NY 11214
About the judges:
Black Lawrence Press does not use interns to screen entries. All entries are judged by the editors.
Because of the high volume of entries received, all finalists and semi-finalists will be announced on the Black Lawrence Press website. All finalists for the spring competition will be announced by July 31st. All finalists for the winter competition will be announced by December 31st. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.
We do not currently accept electronic submissions for this prize.
Please do not include a manuscript-sized SASE; all manuscripts will be recycled. Include a valid e-mail address so that we may contact you when finalists are announced.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but you must notify Black Lawrence Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.
All finalists will be considered for standard publication.
The $500 award amount will begin effective Spring 2009 competition. Award winners from previous competitions will be awarded $300, as per the guidelines during those submission periods.