Crab Creek Review
The Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize is now open! Contest judge is Jericho Brown.
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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. If your submission contains a substantial error that you cannot tolerate, please add a note to your submission to request an edit. Rest assured that typos are never a deciding factor in selecting work!
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, except that we will not consider work that is defamatory, discriminatory, or that promotes hatred. Please use 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 2,000 words, or up to three micro-essays. We want to read from a diverse pool of writers, and we want to read exceptional essays. Think Cheryl Strayed, Philip Lopate, Amitava Kumar, Roxane Gay, Ariel Levy, and others. We do not publish literary criticism, scholarly articles or straight reportage. 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.
The entry period for the 2019 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest begins on February 15th with entries accepted until May 15, 2019. A $500 prize will be awarded for the winning poem. This year's judge is Jericho Brown. All entries considered for publication. Winner and finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review.
- Entries are only accepted through Submittable.
- We welcome up to 4 poems per entry, 8 pages maximum.
- The entry fee is $16 per submission. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each batch must be submitted separately, with its own entry fee.
- Please submit works in a single .doc, .docx, PDF, or .rtf format.
- All entries must be anonymous. Do not include any identifying information within the poetry document OR in the document title.
- Choose a standard 12 point font (Arial, Times New Roman, or similar) and standard margins between 1" and 2".
- Please do not include graphics or embed any objects in your document.
- Poetry may be formatted as desired.
- If formatting preservation is a concern, please attach your submission in PDF format.
- All poems submitted must be original, unpublished work by the author.
- Simultaneous submissions are fine; if a poem is accepted elsewhere, please add a note in Submittable indicating which poem(s) is no longer available.
- We welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content, except that we will not consider work that is defamatory, discriminatory, or that promotes hatred.
Contest deadlines are occasionally extended, but will not end prior to May 15, 2019 11:59pm PDT.
Order your copy of Crab Creek Review's 2018 Fall issue before we run out! This beautiful issue features work by Maggie Smith, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Olatunde Osinaike, and others, and also includes the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize winner, finalists, and semifinalists. In the interview section, Poetry Editor Laura Read and Maggie Smith discuss bringing poetry to a broad audience, the dangers of living in this world, parenting, poems of place, and disrupting the narrative. Artist Wendy Orville created the two gorgeous monotypes of Washington State landscapes that grace the journal's cover.
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