Crab Creek Review

Open, no-fee reading period begins Sept. 15th!

Our no-fee submission period for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction runs Sept 15-Nov 15. See guidelines below. Need a response right away? Try our "Fast Lane Fall Poetry Blitz" -- $4 fee for a 10-day response (Poetry only; runs Sept 15-Oct 15). We look forward to reading your work!


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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.

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Submission Guidelines

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. We have a limited allotment of submissions each month (300), so please do not submit more than once in a reading period, and do not withdraw and resubmit your work. If you are concerned about a submitting error, you may leave a message in Submittable to bring it to our attention.

General Manuscript Guidelines:

Title your document with your name and the genre. (i.e: GwendolynBrooks_Poetry).  

Include a cover letter in the provided space (not in the document).  Include your mailing address, email, and phone #, a 50-word third-person 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. Only original, previously unpublished work will be considered.

Send your work as a SINGLE attachment; docx preferred, but can accept .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.
 

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 discriminatory, defamatory, or work that promotes intolerance or hatred. 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.

Our  current payment is in the form of one copy of the issue for which your  work has been accepted. We buy first rights as well as the rights to  use your name and the accepted work (in whole or part) on our website.  Beyond this use, and following publication, rights revert to the  author.  We ask that Crab Creek Review be acknowledged in any subsequent  publication of the work.






Submission Guidelines
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.  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.


Revisions may be made upon acceptance; please do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns. If absolutely necessary, send us a message via Submittable with your editing concerns. Typos do not affect our selection process-- we're all human here.


General Manuscript Guidelines:  
Title your document with your name and the genre. (i.e: MargaretAtwood_Fiction).  
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 title 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. Only original, previously unpublished work will be considered.
Send your work as a SINGLE attachment; docx preferred (.doc; .docx; .rtf; PDF).
 We aim for a response time of 8 weeks, but please do not query your submission status unless 3 months have passed. Our  current payment is in the form of one copy of the issue for which your  work has been accepted.  We buy first rights as well as the rights to  use your name and the accepted work (in whole or part) on our website.  Beyond this use, and following publication, rights revert to the  author.  We ask that Crab Creek Review be acknowledged in any subsequent  publication of the work.












Submission Guidelines

Open reading period September 15 – November 15. 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. 

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: AdrienneRich_Nonfiction). 

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 title 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; docx preferred. (.doc; .docx; .rtf; PDF). 

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

Our current payment is in the form of one copy of the issue for which your work has been accepted.  We buy first rights as well as the rights to use your name and the accepted work (in whole or part) on our website. Beyond this use, and following publication, rights revert to the author.  We ask that Crab Creek Review be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of the work.

We look forward to reading your work!








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