The St. Lawrence Book Award

4 August 2007

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of poems or short stories. Entrants must not have had a full-length book published before Chapbooks do not count as full-length books, so writers who have published or will have published chapbooks of poems or short stories are not disqualified. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, ten copies of the book, and an interview in The Adirondack Review. Prizes awarded on publication.

To enter, submit complete manuscript of poems or short stories using the guidelines to the right, along with a $25.00 entry fee. Checks should be made payable to Black Lawrence Press. Money orders are also acceptable.

Contest deadline: August 31.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

Black Lawrence Press
Attn: Diane Goettel/Colleen Ryor
521 56th Street, 2F
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Please make sure that your submission packet includes the following:

PLEASE CLIP TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING: cover letter with brief bio and contact information including e-mail; acknowledgments page for publications in which the poems/stories first appeared (if applicable); a contest entry fee of $25.00. Include two cover pages, the first as described above, and the second with title of the manuscript only. All entries will be judged anonymously.

No electronic submissions, please. No exceptions. Please include a table of contents page and make sure that each page of your manuscript is numbered. Make checks payable to Black Lawrence Press. 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 with a decision, or send a business-sized SASE for decision only.

Finalists will be notified and asked to submit another copy of the manuscript for final judging. A list of finalists will be posted on
the Black Lawrence Press website as soon as it is available.

Finalists and semi-finalists will receive a copy of the winning book.

All finalists will be considered for standard publication. In addition to this year’s winner, Black Lawrence Press may offer standard publication to one or more other finalists.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must notify Black Lawrence Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

Attn: Diane Goettel/Colleen Ryor
521 56th Street, 2F
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Thank you for your interest in Black Lawrence Press.

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