*Our 2020 Prize Award deadlines in every genre are extended to October 23rd to ensure all writers impacted by current events are given the chance to submit.  

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

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 consider publishing runners-up and other manuscripts. 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 $1,000.

All prizes follow CLMP practice guidelines and are read  blind.  

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 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 open submission periods.  

In Fall 2021 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary or mixed work. 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 hosted reading in New York City in 2021. We will also publish a Finalist and short list. Entries are open from September 28 until December 31st 2020. Each chapbook series we work with an up and coming artist or graphic designer for our covers. 

See our previous chaps HERE!

Each year we pick a graphic designer or artist to work with and in in 2019 we worked with Nate Lewis.

In 2018 we worked with artist Max Rippon

In 2017 we worked with graphic atist Sally Underwood

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 Tide Pool Chapbook Series is part of C&R Press's two annual chapbook series that includes The Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook Series that is open January 1st and March 31, 2021. See our previous selections below and on our site! 

Previous Selections for 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 

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C&R Press is open for submissions of full length manuscripts in every genre for our 2020 and 2021 catalogs. Novels, poetry, short story collections, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, experimental and hybrid work are all considered for publication. 

C&R publishes 12-16 books across all genres each year. 

For Novels and memoirs, please include a synopsis.

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