Our 2021 Prize Award deadlines in every genre are September 15th. 

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.

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 2022. We consider publishing runners-up and other manuscripts. Winning books and potential runners-up will receive publication in fall 2022. Each prize winner will also receive a marketing campaign to promote the release of the book valued at $1,000.

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.  

In Fall 2022 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool 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/Litbreaker promotional campaign, and a 2020 reading in New York City. We will also publish a Finalist and short list.  All submitters can request 1 ebook of their choice as available. Entries are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22).  


See our previous chaps HERE!

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 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Series is part of C&R Press's two annual chapbook series that includes The Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook Series that runs between December 21 and March 20 each year.


See our previous selections below and on our site!


Previous Selections for Summer Tide Pool

Yell by Sarah Sousa

White Boys from Hell by Jeffrey Skinner

Paleotempestology by Bertha Crombet

Atypical Cells of Undetermined Signfigance by Brenna Womer

Love Undefined by Jonathan Katz

Relief Map by Erin M. Bertram

cuntstruck by Kate Northrop




Previous Selections for Winter Soup Bowl

On Innacuracy 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





Long Live Books!

$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 2021.  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 15th, 2021

$1,000 grand prize and publication for a full-length manuscript of creative nonfiction or memoir includes (essay collections, hybrid memoirs, and other manuscripts that fit within the genres.) No maximum page count.  All other manuscripts are considered for standard publication as well! Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2021. The selection will also receive a promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks valued at $2,000.

Formatting Guidelines:  12 point font, Garamond or similar style, Double Spaced.   

***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***

Deadline September 15th

$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.  Winner, finalists, and short list will be announced in December 2021.  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 15th

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C&R Press is open for submissions of full length manuscripts in every genre for our 2021 and 2022 catalogs. Novels, poetry, short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, experimental and hybrid work are all considered for publication.

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:

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Long Live Books!

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