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Free Submissions in Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction for Crab Orchard Review Online Special Issue  (anticipated publication February 2019)

All Submissions must be submitted through


Deadline: July 30, 2018 (or if we receive 5,000 submissions) Special Issue: A World of Flavors: Writers on Food

Knock us out with your writing about any of the fantastic (or awful) flavors that a world full of food contains. Let us taste with you the love, jealousy, anguish, ecstasy, and other things that can be communicated by food. Surprise and delight us!

Please observe the following when submitting work:

Fiction: All fiction should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. The author’s name, address and phone number should appear on the manuscript. Do not submit more than one story per submission. Stories should be twenty pages or less. We are especially interested in ten- to fifteen-page stories. Novel excerpts are acceptable, as long as they stand on their own as fiction. We are open to all styles of literary fiction and usually include four to six stories in each half of our double issue.

Poetry: All poems should be typed, single-spaced, with the author’s name, address, and phone number on each poem. Indicate stanza breaks on poems of more than one page. Do not submit more than three poems. We are open to all styles of poetry and usually include twenty-five to thirty poems in each half of our double issue.

Literary Nonfiction: We are happy to consider submissions of literary nonfiction. We publish non-academic explorative essays of twenty-five pages or less (with ten to twenty pages being the norm), including memoirs, vignettes, and essays on identity and culture.  

Payment:  Due to budget considerations in Illinois, Crab Orchard Review can no longer pay contributor’s for their work, but we are committed to bringing together some of the best new writing on our site and putting your work in the best company possible.

Submission Policies: Please send only one submission at a time during a submission period and submit work that is appropriate for the topic we are reading for at the time (Late Spring: General Submissions; Summer: Special Topic – A World of Flavors ~ Writers on Food & Drink; Fall: Student Writing Awards Issue). If your submission is not held by one of three editors for a later round of consideration, you will receive notification through Submittable as soon as possible. After you receive your response from us, you are welcome to submit again for that reading period or to wait for the next reading period. If you withdraw a submission then please wait for the next submission period before submitting again.

Please do not ask to revise your work if Submittable indicates your submission is "In Progress."

Submittable Instructions: Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Poetry should be single-spaced. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Prose should be double-spaced. No cover sheet is necessary..

Authors may expect a response by August 30, 2018. We do not backlog accepted work as a policy at Crab Orchard Review. Crab Orchard Review has always welcomed simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Free to submit through Submittable. We have 5,000 submissions each month we have already paid for so we will make these available to writers. If we run out of these, we will close the submissions portal early.

All submissions must be made through our Submittable system.

 Allison Joseph, Editor & Poetry Editor  

Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor    

Jon Tribble, Managing Editor

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