C&R welcomes your consideration and work!

All manuscripts in every genre are considered for publication through our full length open general submissions or one of our genre prizes. All of our books are published in print and eBooks.

Each year, C&R Press awards three $1,000 prizes for a poetry book, a novel or short story collection, and a creative non-fiction or memoir book. The winners in each genre, a shortlist, and longlist will be announced are announced in either December of the same year or January of the next. We consider publishing runners-up and other manuscripts. Winning books and potential runners-up will receive publication in fall 2023. Each prize winner will also receive a marketing campaign to promote the release of the book valued at $2,000.

All prizes follow CLMP practice guidelines and are read  blind.  Please do not include identifying info inside the manuscript.

C&R Press is engaging our community more than ever, by seeking diverse and submerged voices, hosting readings and events at festivals from the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Miami Book Festival, to Decatur and AWP, and off-site gatherings around the Book Expo and others events and conferences.

We look forward to reading your work!


*Please note that for work we've classified In Progress we do not allow edits or changes to the manuscript. 

*For non-prize full length fiction, memoir, essays and other manuscripts we can take 6-18 months to respond, in some cases faster and in some longer. Our policy is to give manuscripts that have strong, though not unanimous support, multiple chances to be selected across several reading periods. We welcome inquiries and ask for patience. We are giving each work the read through and consideration it deserves.

*The prize does not apply to regular submissions under consideration from past full-length open periods.  

$30.00

C&R Press is open for submissions of full length manuscripts in every genre for our 2023 and 2024 catalogs (And Beyond). We're looking for: novels, poetry, short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, experimental and hybrid work -- work that is interesting, tells a story, or is unusual in some capacity, well crafted, and has a voice or perspective. We're also looking for really strong genre work for 2024 and beyond!

  • C&R Press publishes 8-12 books across all genres each year.
  • For Novels and memoirs, please include a synopsis.
  • See our website for current and upcoming titles: https://www.crpress.org/shop/

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LONG LIVE BOOKS!

$20.00

In 2023 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary or mixed work. Winter Soup Bowl Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages. Chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and mixed genre are between 25-50 pages not including front matter. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollar honorarium, $500 social media and ad network promotional campaign. We will also publish a short list, and longlist. Entries are open from December 7th, 2022 until the Spring Equinox, March 21, 2023. Each chapbook series we work with an up and coming artist or graphic designer for our covers.

See our previous selections below and on our site!

We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the full-length manuscript process to submit their best work.

About C&R Press Chapbooks
The Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook Series is part of C&R Press's two annual chapbook series that includes the Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Series that is open June 20 through September 21, 2023. See our previous selections below and on our site!

Previous Selections for Winter Soup Bowl
My Roberto Clemente by Rick Hilles
The Magical Negro Reveals His Secret by Gabriel Green
On Inaccuracy by Joe Manning
Heredity and Other Inventions by Sharona Muir
A Hunger Called Music: a verse history of black music by Meredith Nnoka
Ugly Love (notes from the negro side of the moon) by Earl Braggs

Previous Selections for Summer Tide Pool
Inside the Orb of an Oracle by Dannie Ruth
Yell by Sarah Sousa
White Boys from Hell by Jeffrey Skinner
Paleotempestology by Bertha Crombet
Atypical Cells of Undetermined Significance by Brenna Womer
Love Undefined by Jonathan Katz
Relief Map by Erin M. Bertram
cuntstruck by Kate Northrop

Long Live Books!

$30.00

$1,000 grand prize and publication for one manuscript of poetry 55-110 pages. All styles, genres, approaches, and voices are encouraged to submit. All manuscripts will be considered for standard publication. Winner, short lists, and longlists will be announced in December 2023.  The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2000.     


Formatting Guidelines:  
12 point font, Garamond or similar style, single spaced.   ***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***
Deadline September 1st, 2023

$30.00

$1,000 grand prize and publication for a novel or short story collection. No maximum page count.  All manuscripts will be considered for standard publication in addition to the prize.  Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2023.  The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2,000.


Submission Guidelines:
Include a short summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max). Please include bio.
Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:  12 point font, Garamond or similar style, Double Spaced.   
***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***
Deadline September 1, 2023

$30.00

$1,000 grand prize and publication for a full-length manuscript of creative nonfiction or memoir including essay collections, hybrid memoirs, and other manuscripts that fit within the genres. No maximum page count.  All manuscripts are considered for standard publication as well! Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2023. The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2,000.

Submission Guidelines:
Include a short summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max). Please include bio.

Formatting Guidelines:  12 point font, Garamond or similar style, Double Spaced.   
***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***
Deadline September 1st, 2023

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