The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published and Self-Published Literature seek to celebrate and promote great literary works from independent literary publishers and self-published authors.

We’re looking for language that smolders, crackles, or explodes on the page. We’re looking for voices we’ve never heard and will never forget. The Firecracker Awards spotlight books and literary magazines that make a sparkling contribution to our literary culture, and publishers and self-publishers striving to introduce important voices to readers far and wide.  

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Magazine (General Excellence)
  • Magazine (Best Debut)
We believe in a fair and transparent judging process. All submissions are read by two first readers, who collaboratively narrow submissions to a longlist of 20 titles in each category. Judges—who also have access to all submitted manuscripts—will release a public list of 10 finalists in April 2018. The winning titles will be announced in May 2018.

Guidelines for Submission

All book submissions must have a publication date within the 2017 calendar year. Magazines should be uploaded as a single PDF containing every issue published within 2017. 

There is no limit to the number of manuscripts that may be submitted. Please submit each manuscript individually, selecting Additional Title Submission Fee for all manuscripts submitted after the first.
Ends on November 1, 2017$20.00 - 75.00
$20.00 - 75.00
Novels, collections of short stories, and fiction chapbooks from independent presses or independently-published authors are eligible.

The price to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $75 ($60 for CLMP members). For those submitting a single book, please select Single Title Submission Fee (or Single Title Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for the price of $20. Please assure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Title Submission Fee price. Then all subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Title Submission Fee.
Ends on November 1, 2017$20.00 - 75.00
$20.00 - 75.00
Collections of poetry and chapbooks from independent presses or independently-published authors are eligible.

The price to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $75 ($60 for CLMP members). For those submitting a single book, please select Single Title Submission Fee (or Single Title Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for the price of $20. Please assure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Title Submission Fee price. Then all subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Title Submission Fee.
Ends on November 1, 2017$20.00 - 75.00
$20.00 - 75.00
Memoirs, collections of essays, and other literary non-fiction manuscripts from independent presses or independently-published authors are eligible.

The price to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $75 ($60 for CLMP members). For those submitting a single book, please select Single Title Submission Fee (or Single Title Submission Fee - CLMP Member). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.

Additional titles may be submitted for the price of $20. Please assure you have submitted one title in any genre at the Single Title Submission Fee price. Then all subsequent titles may be submitted in any genre using the Additional Title Submission Fee.
Ends on November 1, 2017$60.00 - 75.00
$60.00 - 75.00
Literary magazines are eligible.

Please upload a single PDF containing every issue of the magazine published in the 2017 calendar year. All magazine submissions will be considered for General Excellence; if you would also like your publication to also be considered for Best Debut, please submit in the Magazines - Debut category instead.

The price to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $75 ($60 for CLMP members). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.
Ends on November 1, 2017$60.00 - 75.00
$60.00 - 75.00
Literary magazines that began publishing on or after January 1, 2014 are eligible.

Please upload a single PDF containing every issue of the magazine published in the 2017 calendar year. All magazine submissions will be considered for General Excellence; magazines submitted in this category will additionally be considered for Best Debut.

The price to submit a single title to the Firecracker Awards is $75 ($60 for CLMP members). Please verify your CLMP membership status before submitting at the CLMP Member price.