Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Entry: via Submittable; $15 fee
Prize: $500 and publication
- All entries are read blind by a panel of judges and editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), 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 (double-spaced for fiction and creative non-fiction), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of the file or in the “title” field in Submittable. The author is welcome to include a brief bio in the cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.
- Chapbooks containing individual stories or poems that have been previously published online or in print are eligible for the BRCC. Please simply note previously published work on an acknowledgments page. On the other hand, if a chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run), then the manuscript is not eligible for the BRCC.
- Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please withdraw the manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
- Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript to the contest) are permitted.
- Collaborative collections are welcome.
- Hybrid/multi-genre submissions are also welcome; please enter under the submission category that best fits your work.
- Prose category: Beginning with the Spring 2019 contest, our category previously titled “fiction” has been re-categorized as “prose” to accommodate fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essay, and prose hybrid manuscripts. (Chapbooks of prose poems and poetry/prose hybrid projects can be submitted under either poetry or prose, per your preference.)
- Translations are not accepted for the BRCC.