Due to the death of Jon Tribble, our managing editor here at Crab Orchard Review, we will not be accepting submissions for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your consideration as we mourn the death of an extraordinary editor, poet, writer, and friend.

Read Jon's' obit:


 Allison Joseph, Editor & Poetry Editor  

Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor    

  The following instructions are for submitting a $30.00 entry fee for a single Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction entry using the Submittable system for Crab Orchard Review/Grassroots at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Please follow these instructions to have your credit card (or PayPal) entry fee processed electronically in a secure environment. If you have more than one title to enter you will need either to enter each separately or contact Jon Tribble at jtribble@siu.edu and he can provide you a single link and instructions to pay for multiple entries by credit card with a single charge. Thank you.
  1. On the "Enter Your Billing Information" page, input your billing address and credit card information. If you prefer, you may instead pay with PayPal by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

  2. Click "Process Payment and Continue."

  3. On the "Submit to Crab Orchard Review" page, your "Title" should be the title of the book to be entered, your "Cover Letter" should  include the author's name (if you are not the author), your complete contact information, and "Submission Content" should be a one-page Word .doc that specifies the publisher of the book and the date of publication (which must fall within 2018) or a single PDF of publicity materials with this information (whichever is easier for you).  
  4. Click "Submit to Crab Orchard Review."

Note: You will have completed the payment for the entry, but please make sure you submit the book and any supporting materials you wish to include by the entry deadline. The complete instructions for mailing the rest of the entry are below.

  Thank you,

 Allison Joseph,
Editor, Crab Orchard Review

  The following are the complete guidelines for submitting titles published in 2019 for the 2020 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards:
  The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Grassroots, SIUC's undergraduate creative magazine, are pleased to announce the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry (book-length or single-author collection of poetry), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2018, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000.00 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2019 festival will be October 21-23, 2020. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.
Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $30.00 entry fee made out to SIUC - Dept. of English. Entrants wishing to submit entry fees electronically should email a request to grassrootsmag@gmail.com, and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card. Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020. Materials postmarked after February 8 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.
Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2019. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2019.
The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2018 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival to receive the award. Self-published books are eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.
Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020 (please do not send materials early or late).
Send all materials to:

  • Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS
  • Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • 1000 Faner Drive
  • Carbondale, IL  62901

 (please indicate Poetry or Prose on envelope)
For further information, e-mail grassrootsmag@gmail.com or call 618-453-6833.

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