2017 Special Issue Feature Awards


in Poetry, Fiction, & Literary Nonfiction


$2,000 prize in each genre 


All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE


September 1, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Entry Fee: $15.00 per entry

All entrants receive the 2017 double issue the winners appear in ($20.00 value)


Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay on a theme. This year's theme is "Weather Reports: All About the Weather." We are open to work that covers any of the many possibilities in how we think about and experience the weather through science, history, popular culture, art, and our own lives.

One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of Crab Orchard Review to be published in the issue and receive a $2,000.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue. Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status (current students and employees at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.


Using the online submission system, submit a poem of up to five pages, a short story of up to 6,000 words, or an essay of up to 6,500 words with an entry fee of $15.00, which includes one 2017 double issue of Crab Orchard Review. The deadline is November 5, 2016.

All entries must be submitted online between September 1, 2016 and November 5, 2016 (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (PST) on November 5, 2016). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by December 10, 2016.

All entries will also be considered for publication in the 2017 double issue. Regular Crab Orchard Review contributor payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner.

We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of February 2017.


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.

One poetry entry, one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $15.00 online entry fee; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions. One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of Crab Orchard Review to be published in the issue and receive a $2,000.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue.

All submissions must be made through our Submittable system.


*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 ask that the work be taken down from the time it is submitted 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 all Crab Orchard Review contests, but the winning entries must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here.

       











 

$2000 prize and publication for a single unpublished story or novel excerpt up to 6000 words. Your name should appear nowhere on your fiction submission.

One fiction entry (a single story or novel excerpt up to 6000 words) per $15.00 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 story title or the first three words of the story title if the title is longer that three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires a $15.00 entry fee.

A cover letter is not needed for an entry. In any case, a cover letter is not seen by the screeners or our editors, it is only seen by the person processing your entry. 

 

$2000 prize and publication for a single unpublished nonfiction piece up to 6500 words. Your name should appear nowhere on your literary nonfiction submission.

One literary nonfiction entry (a single nonfiction piece up to 6500 words) per $15.00 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 nonfiction piece title or the first three words of the nonfiction piece title if the title is longer that three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires a $15.00 entry fee.

A cover letter is not needed for an entry. In any case, a cover letter is not seen by the screeners or our editors, it is only seen by the person processing your entry. 

 

$2000 prize and publication for a single unpublished poem up to five pages in length. Your name should appear nowhere on your poetry submission.

One poetry entry (a single unpublished poem up to five pages in length) per $15.00 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 that three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires a $15.00 entry fee.

A cover letter is not needed for an entry. In any case, a cover letter is not seen by the screeners or our editors, it is only seen by the person processing your entry. 

 

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