Free Submissions in Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction for
Crab Orchard Review General Issue (anticipated publication February
Deadline: July 31, 2017 (or any month we receive 5,000 submissions)
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 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 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 contributors 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.
General 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 (Summer: General Submissions; Fall: Special Topic). 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, 2017. 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.
All submissions must be made through our Submittable system.
Allison Joseph, Editor & Poetry Editor
Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Please name your file your story title or the first three words of the story title if the title is longer that three words.
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