writing contest for undergraduate and graduate students
COR Student Writing Awards
in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
$500 prize in each category
The Charles Johnson Fiction Award
The Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award
The Allison Joseph Poetry Award
One winner will be chosen in each category (fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry). The three category winners will each receive an award payment of $500 and be published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review.
Guidelines: The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (at the time of the submission period) full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. Beginning in 2013, there will be a small processing fee ($3.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. Entrants may only submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem. Do not submit work in more than one genre. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a U. S. citizen or permanent resident. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere. Name, address, telephone number, email address, and the name of your current college or university should appear only on a cover letter in the submission process which should not be part of the entry file. Please include the title of the work and the genre of the entry—either “Poetry,” “Fiction,” or “Literary Nonfiction”—on that cover letter. The author’s name should not appear on any page in the submission itself. All entries must be submitted online between February 18, 2013 and March 18, 2013 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Central Time) on March 18, 2013). All entrants will be notified of results by email.
Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: one poem only, up to 3 pages in length. Entrants may only submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem. Do not submit work in more than one genre.
Entry Fee: Beginning in 2013, there will be a small processing fee ($3.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. All entries must be made through our Submittable system at
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