poetry/fiction/nonfiction contest: Crab Orchard Review
- COR's Annual Literary Contests
$2,000 prize in each category
The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize
The Jack Dyer Fiction Prize
The John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize
One winner and two ﬁnalists will be chosen in each category. The three
category winners will be published and receive a $2,000 prize, and the ﬁ
nalists offered publication (with a payment of $500) in the
Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review. The winners and finalists
will also be announced in the March/April POETS & WRITERS and on the
CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website.
Contest Guidelines for online entries (visit the Crab Orchard Review
website for instructions for postal entries):
Online entries should be sent through Submittable (there is an
additional $2.50 processing fee for online entries, making the entry fee
for each online entry $22.50).
Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in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 for
All online entries must be submitted between March 1, 2013 and the end
of May 4, 2013 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT)
on May 4, 2013). Online submissions will receive notification of the
results by email.
*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and
at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been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
Annual Literary Contests, but the winning entries must meet the criteria
as unpublished work described here.
Entry Guidelines (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just
send your best work):
Poetry entries should consist of 3 poems; 100 line limit per poem.
Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words
for literary nonfiction.
One poetry entry (3 poems; 100 line limit per poem), one story entry in
fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $22.50 online
entry fee; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total
of three entries if entering all competitions.
Entry fee: $22.50 for each online entry (remember that a Poetry entry is
3 poems; 100 line limit per poem).
Each fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of
CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these
competitions, and one copy of the 2014 Summer/Fall issue of CRAB ORCHARD
REVIEW, our special issue "The West and Beyond." If you submit two
entries, we will extend your subscription an additional year; if you
submit three entries, we will extend your subscription two additional
years (online entries $22.50 each).