Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize opens for submissions on February 15th!

$500 plus publication for the winning poem. The 2020 contest judge is Keetje Kuipers. Deadline May 15th. Please see contest guidelines. 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.

The entry period for the 2020 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest begins on February 15th with entries accepted until May 15, 2020.  A $500 prize will be awarded for the winning poem. This year's judge is Keetje Kuipers. All entries considered for publication.  Winner and finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review.

Submission Guidelines:

 

  • 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.
















 

Submission Guidelines
Open reading period February 15 - March 15. Looking for originality, risk-taking, and consummate craftsmanship. $4.00 FAST LANE fee includes a 10-day response time; however, poems are NOT ELIGIBLE for the poetry contest. Payment is one contributor copy of the issue in which the work appears. Simultaneous submissions allowed; please let us know immediately, by adding a note to your Submittable account, if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

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). Please include a 50-word bio and the title/s of the poems you are submitting, and whether this is a simultaneous submission. Only original, previously unpublished work will be considered.
Send your work as a SINGLE attachment (.doc; .docx; .rtf; PDF).
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 promotes or condones intolerance, hatred, or is defamatory or discriminatory. You may submit as many times as you like, but each submission requires payment of the FAST LANE fee of $4.00. Revisions may be made upon acceptance.

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 and blog.  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.














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