Crab Orchard Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Crab Orchard Review is closed to submissions until August 1, 2019. At that time we will open for submissions to our Student Writing Awards issue. Guidelines are listed below.

All Submissions must be submitted through
SUBMITTABLE $2.00 Submission fee per entry 


Student Writing Awards issue

Deadline: September 30, 2019 


One winner will be chosen and will receive an award payment of $500.00 and be published in the online 2019 Student Writing issue of Crab Orchard Review.

Guidelines: The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (at the time of the submission period) full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. All submissions must be made through Submittable. $2.00 Submission fee per entry. 

Please limit your submissions to three entries total.

All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a U. S. citizen or permanent resident. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere. All entries will be considered for publication in the online 2019 Student Writing issue of Crab Orchard Review.

Name, address, telephone number, email address, and the name of your current college or university should appear only on a cover letter in the submission process which should not be part of the entry file. Please include the title of the work and the genre of the entry—“Fiction,” “Poetry,” or “Nonfiction”—on that cover letter. The author’s name should not appear on any page in the submission itself. 

All entries must be submitted online between August 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019 $2.00 Submission fee per entry (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) on September 30, 2019). All entrants will be notified of results by email.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: up to 4000 words for fiction. Entrants may only submit one story per entry. Each entrant may submit up to 3 total entries.

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 (Fall: Student Writing Awards Issue). $2.00 Submission fee per entry. 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 October 31, 2019. 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.

$2.00 Submission fee per entry. 

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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