C&R Press will award 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 runner-up, and a short list will be announced  in January 2020. We will also consider publishing runners-up on a case by case basis. Winning books and potential runners-up will receive publication in fall 2020. Each prize winner will also receive a marketing campaign to promote the release of the book valued at $1000.

All manuscripts are considered for publication. 

All prizes follow CLMP practice guidelines and are read  blind.  

The prize does not apply to regular submissions already under consideration.  


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 Sewanee and the Texas Book Festival, and off-site gatherings at AWP.

We look forward to seeing 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.

$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 other manuscripts will be considered for standard publication as well! Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in January 2020.  

Deadline is September 30, 2019

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$1,000 grand prize and publication for a novel or short story collection. No maximum page count.  All other manuscripts will be considered for standard publication as well!  Winner, runner up, and a short list will be announced in January 2020.

Deadline September 30, 2019


$1,000 grand prize and publication for a full-length manuscript of creative non-fiction or memoir includes (essay collections, hybrid memoirs, and other manuscripts that fit within the genres.) No maximum page count.  All other manuscripts will be considered for standard publication as well! Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in January 2020.  


Deadline September 30, 2019

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