CLMP SUBMISSION PORTAL 

THE CONSTELLATION AWARD

Submissions are now being accepted for the Constellation Award, given to honor independent literary presses that are led by and/or champion the writing of people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American & Pacific Islander individuals. The inaugural recipient will receive an award of $10,000 and will be announced in December 2021.

The deadline to apply is November 5, 2021. Click the form below for guidelines and to apply.


FIRECRACKER AWARDS

The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature celebrate books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide. Awards are given in the categories of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazine/General Excellence, and Magazine/Best Debut. Finalists will be announced in spring 2022; the winners will be announced in June 2022.

Submissions to the 2022 Firecracker Awards will be accepted from October 15 to November 15, 2021.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Books must be published by an independent publisher during the 2021 calendar year.
  • Anthologies and self-published titles are not eligible but works in translation and graphic novels are welcome.
  • English-language submissions from international publishers are eligible.
  • Both print and digital magazines are eligible.
  • Authors of books must be living at the time of submission.
  • Magazines submitting in the General Excellence category must have published regularly for at least the past two years.
  • Magazines submitting in the Best Debut category must have launched during the 2019, 2020, or 2021 calendar year.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries publishers may submit.
  • The entry fee is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members) for the first book and $30 ($25 for CLMP Members) for each additional entry.

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The Constellation Award supports independent literary presses that are led by and/or champion the writing of people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI individuals. The inaugural recipient will receive an award of $10,000 and will be announced in December 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Presses must be led by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI individuals and/or a have a demonstrated commitment to championing books by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI authors.
  • Presses must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their business practices.
  • Presses must be English-language and/or Spanish-language publishers based in the United States.
  • Presses must be independent publishers of literary books (over half the list must consist of fiction, poetry, drama, and literary prose).
  • Presses must not be primarily self-publishing (at least 50% of titles must be published by authors not on staff; presses should not charge authors a fee to publish their works).
  • Presses must have a 2-year track record of publishing at least 2 titles a year.
  • Presses' annual net sales must be below $1 million.

Novels, novellas, short story collections, and fiction chapbooks published by independent presses during the 2021 calendar year are eligible.

The entry fee to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members). To submit a single book, select Single Entry Submission Fee (or Single Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for $30 ($25 for CLMP Members) each. Please be sure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Entry Submission Fee price; subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Entry Submission Fee (or Additional Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member).

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Memoirs, essay collections, and other literary nonfiction books published by independent presses during the 2021 calendar year are eligible.

The entry fee to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members). To submit a single book, select Single Entry Submission Fee (or Single Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for $30 ($25 for CLMP Members) each. Please be sure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Entry Submission Fee price; subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Entry Submission Fee (or Additional Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member).

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Poetry collections and chapbooks published by independent presses during the 2021 calendar year are eligible.


The entry fee to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members). To submit a single book, select Single Entry Submission Fee (or Single Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for $30 ($25 for CLMP Members) each. Please be sure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Entry Submission Fee price; subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Entry Submission Fee (or Additional Entry Submission Fee - CLMP Member).

Interested in becoming a CLMP Member? Join now.

Print and digital magazines that have published regularly for at least the past two years are eligible.

Print magazines must upload a single PDF containing up to three issues published during the 2021 calendar year. Digital magazines must submit a web address, and if the magazine is organized in issues, submissions may also include up to three additional links that correspond to issues published in 2021.

The entry fee is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Interested in becoming a CLMP Member? Join now.

Magazines submitting in the Best Debut category must have launched during the 2019, 2020, or 2021 calendar year.

Please upload a single PDF containing up to three issues of the magazine published in the 2021 calendar year. Digital magazines must submit a web address, and if the magazine is organized in issues,  submissions may also include up to three additional links that correspond to issues published in 2021.

The entry fee to submit a single magazine to the Firecracker Awards is $65 ($55 for CLMP Members). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Interested in becoming a CLMP Member? Join now.

 

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