Crab Orchard Review Annual Literary Contests

Cover for Crab Orchard Review, Volume 16, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2011

Check out these issues that feature winners of recent Annual Literary Prizes:

Annual Literary Contests
The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize,
Jack Dyer Fiction Prize,
John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$2, 000 and publication to each genre winner
(finalists are offered $500 and publication)

All Entries must be submitted through

(additional entries $10.00; up to two additional entries)
All entrants receive a year’s subscription ($20.00 value)
(additional entries receive one back issue each entry)


One winner and at least two finalists will be chosen in each category (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work). The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a payment of $500) in the next Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website and in the following year's March/April POETS & WRITERS.

Cover for Crab Orchard Review, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2010The submission period for this year's prize competitions is February 21, 2014 through April 28, 2014 (extended deadline). Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author's name should not appear on any page.

*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been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are considered for the COR's Annual Literary Contests, but the winning entries and finalists must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here to be eligible for the awards and publication.

All entries must be submitted online between February 21, 2014 and the end of April 28, 2014 (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on April 28, 2014). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by June 30, 2014.

All entries will also be considered for publication in the Winter/Spring 2015 issue. Regular CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW contributor’s payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner or finalist.

We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of July 2014.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Entries may be under consideration elsewhere, but CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW must be informed immediately if a submission is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for submissions withdrawn by the author.


Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length (this is a change in the entry instructions from last year).

Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction.

The author's name should not appear on any page of the entry.

One initial COR Annual Literary Contest poetry entry, or one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $22.50 online entry fee. If you wish to enter a 2nd or 3rd entry, please follow the instructions for a 2nd or 3rd entry and use the "2nd or 3rd COR Annual Literary Contest Entry." Entering a 2nd or 3rd entry will each cost $10.00. A writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions, but please do not submit more than three entries total.

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