The Black Spring Press Group, based in London, England, celebrates a 38th anniversary this year. We have published Leonard Cohen, Orson Welles, Carolyn Cassady, Anais Nin, Paul Muldoon and Jan Owen, among others. We are made up of several long-running imprints: Eyewear, Black Spring, Maida Vale and Dexter Haven. We are accepting poetry and prose through all our 2023 submission channels. 


Imagine the perfect writing competition? Anything can be submitted, by anyone (18 or over writing in English), FROM ANY COUNTRY, in any style or format, and genre! The prize? A publishing contract offer with advance.

So, here we go: you can submit in any form or genre, as long as you've written it, and never published it. We're looking for something maybe strange, a bit rushed, a bit imperfect, a bit risky, a bit ahead of it's time... you know, the sort of thing that stays in the bottom drawer... but in ANY FORM STYLE OR GENRE - for instance: graphic novel, screenplay, TV pitch, verse novel, short stories, confessions, memoirs, play, flash fiction, novella, novel, poetry collection, long poem, joke book, illustrated guide, history book, restaurant guide, film review, essays, cookbook, rant, political manifesto, philosophy, quiz book, science explainer... anything using words and images that can be printed on paper.

Limits? Not many: one-sided, word doc or PDF only. Up to 1,000 pages.
The work must be at least 40 pages long (for publication purposes).

We encourage and welcome members of all communities and identities.

No aliases please.