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