COR's Annual Literary Contests

The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize,
Jack Dyer Fiction Prize,
&
John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$1,250 and publication online to each genre winner

All Entries must be submitted through
SUBMITTABLE
 

March 21, 2017 – May 31, 2017 deadline
Entry Fee: $12.00 per entry
(All entrants are considered for publication in the general issue of Crab Orchard Review Online.)

BELOW ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THIS YEAR'S LITERARY CONTESTS:

One winner will be chosen in each category (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work). The three category winners will be published in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. Finalists and other entries will be offered publication in the online issue as well. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Online Website and the winners will appear in the following year's May/June POETS & WRITERS.

The submission period for this year's prize competitions is March 21, 2017 through May 31, 2017 deadline. Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author's name should not appear on any page.

*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been posted online by the writer (though we will ask that the work be taken down until after the time it is published in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW) or is available online as part of a thesis or dissertation required for the completion of a degree. Simultaneous submissions are considered for the COR's Annual Literary Contests, but the winning entries and finalists must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here to be eligible for the awards and publication.

All entries must be submitted online between March 21, 2017 and the end of May 31, 2017 deadline (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on May 31, 2017 deadline). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by June 30, 2017, and we hope to have all editorial decisions made on the issue by August 30, 2017.

All entries will also be considered for publication in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018.

We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of August 2018.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Entries may be under consideration elsewhere, but CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW must be informed immediately if a submission is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for submissions withdrawn by the author.


GUIDELINES:

Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length.

Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction.

The author's name should not appear on any page of the entry.

One COR Annual Literary Contest poetry entry, or one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $12.00 online entry fee. You may enter in each genre up to three times if you wish; you may also enter as many genres as you wish.








Richard Peterson Poetry Prize – COR Annual Literary Contest entry – May 31, 2017 deadline

$1,250 prize and publication in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE for a single unpublished poem up to five pages in length. Your name should appear nowhere on your poem submission. There is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work.

One poem entry (a single unpublished poem up to five pages in length) per $12.00 entry fee (online submission through Submittable only); a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions (poetry, fiction, & literary nonfiction).

Please name your file your poem title or the first three words of the poem title if the title is longer than three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires an entry fee.

One winner will be chosen in Poetry and will be published in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. Finalists and other entries will be offered publication in the online issue as well. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Online Website and the winners will appear in the following year's May/June POETS & WRITERS.







Jack Dyer Fiction Prize – COR Annual Literary Contest entry – May 31, 2017 deadline

$1,250 prize and publication in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE for a single unpublished story or novel excerpt up to 6000 words.  Your name should appear nowhere on your fiction submission. There is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work.

One initial fiction entry (single unpublished story or novel excerpt up to 6000 words. ) per $12.00 entry fee (online submission through Submittable only); a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions (fiction, poetry, & literary nonfiction).

Please name your file your story title or the first three words of the story title if the title is longer than three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires an entry fee.

One winner will be chosen in Fiction and will be published in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. Finalists and other entries will be offered publication in the online issue as well. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Online Website and the winners will appear in the following year's May/June POETS & WRITERS.

John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize – COR Annual Literary Contest entry – May 31, 2017 deadline

$1,250 prize and publication in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE for a single unpublished nonfiction piece up to 6500 words. Your name should appear nowhere on your literary nonfiction submission. There is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work.

One initial literary nonfiction entry (a single nonfiction piece up to 6500 words) per $12.00 entry fee (online submission through Submittable only); a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions (literary nonfiction, poetry, & fiction).

Please name your file your nonfiction piece title or the first three words of the nonfiction piece title if the title is longer than three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires an entry fee.

One winner will be chosen in Literary Nonfiction and will be published in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. Finalists and other entries will be offered publication in the online issue as well. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Online Website and the winners will appear in the following year's May/June POETS & WRITERS.

 

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