2016 COR Student Writing Awards

in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

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$1000 prize in each category

($5.00 Submittable processing fee per entry)


The Charles Johnson Fiction Award

The Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award

The Allison Joseph Poetry Award


The 2016 COR Student Writing Awards will open for submissions on January 18, 2016. All entries must be submitted online between January 18, 2016 and February, 20, 2016 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) on February 20, 2016).

All entrants will be notified of results by email. We hope to have completed reading, made our decisions, and confirmed the availability of the winners by April 30, 2016. We will let the entrants know if there is any delay. 

One winner will be chosen in each category. The three category winners will each receive an award payment of $1000 and be published in the 2017 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review. Other notable entries are recognized as finalists in the issue.

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. Previous winners of the COR Student Writing Awards may not enter again in a genre they have previously won.  

There is a small processing fee ($5.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. Since the purpose of the COR Student Writing Awards is to recognize and publish three outstanding student writers each year, entrants may only submit in one genre—Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, or Poetry. However, entrants may submit up to three separate entries in that genre (one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem per entry). Please do not submit work in more than one genre and do not submit more than three entries in that genre.  

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 Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.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.  

*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been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 Student Writing Awards, but the winning entries must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here.  


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 (Submittable asks you for a “Cover Letter”) which should not be part of the entry file.

Please include the title of the work and the genre of the entry—either “Poetry,” “Fiction,” or “Literary 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 January 18, 2016 and February, 20, 2016 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) on February, 20, 2016). All entrants will be notified of results by email through Submittable.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: only one piece per entry, up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: only one poem per entry, up to 3 pages in length. Entrants may only submit in one genre – Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, or Poetry – but entrants may submit up to three separate entries in that genre (one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem per entry). Please do not submit work in more than one genre and do not submit more than three entries in that genre. 

Fee: There is a small processing fee ($5.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. All entries must be made through our Submittable system.



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