Crab Creek Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Crab Creek Review fall reading period opens September 15!! 

General Submission Guidelines (see separate contest guidelines for Poetry Contest)

Open reading period September 15 – November 15. Looking for originality, risk-taking, and consummate craftsmanship in all genres. Simultaneous submissions welcome. No fee. Payment is one contributor copy of the issue in which the work appears.

Revisions may be made upon acceptance; please do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns.

General Manuscript Guidelines:

Title your document with your name and the genre. (i.e: GwendolynBrooks_Poetry; Jean Rhys_Fiction; Adrienne Rich_Nonfiction). Note: Title format does not apply to contest submissions; see separate contest guidelines.

Include a cover letter in the provided space (not in the document).  Include your mailing address, email, and phone #, a 50-word bio, and the titles of the pieces you are submitting.
Should you submit something that is under simultaneous consideration, please indicate this in your cover letter, and notify us immediately by adding a note to your Submittable account if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

Send your work as a SINGLE attachment (.doc; .docx; .rtf; PDF). 

Please submit no more than one batch of poems or one prose piece per reading period. 

We aim for a response time of 8 weeks, but please do not query your submission status unless 3 months have passed.


Poetry: Send up to 4 poems, no more than 8 pages total. We welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content. 12pt standard font. One batch of submissions per reading period. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns.

Fiction: Send one piece up to 3,500 words or up to three pieces of flash fiction/lyric prose fiction. We are interested in all types of stories, though sometimes suspicious of those in which genre conventions overshadow literary concerns. Still: please surprise us. Send one file, with your work double-spaced, 12pt standard font. One submission per reading period. Revisions may be made up on acceptance; do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns. 

Creative Nonfiction: Send one piece, up to 3,500 words, or up to three micro-essays. We are interested in creative nonfiction essays on any topic, with a bias toward personal and lyric
essays. At this time we are not accepting book reviews, literary criticism, scholarly articles or straight reportage. We prefer shorter works. Double-spaced, 12pt standard font. One submission per reading period. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns.