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2017 COR Student Writing Awards
in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

(open for submissions through Submittable January 18, 2017 - March 20, 2017)

$500 prize in each category

The Charles Johnson Fiction Award

The Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award

The Allison Joseph Poetry Award


The online 2017 COR Student Writing Awards open for submissions on January 18, 2017. All entries must be submitted online between January 18, 2017 and March 20, 2017 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) on March 20, 2017). All entrants will be notified of results by email. We hope to have completed reading, made our decisions, and confirmed the availability of the winners by May 15, 2017. We will let the entrants know if there is any delay.

One winner will be chosen in each category. The three category winners will receive an award payment of $500.00 and be published in the online 2017 Student Writing 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. All submissions must be made through Submittable.

Please limit your submissions to three entries total.

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 Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.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. All entries will be considered for publication in the online 2017 Student Writing issue of Crab Orchard Review.

*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at Crab Orchard Review we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been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submissions are considered for the COR Student Writing Awards, but the winning entries must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here.

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—“Fiction,” “Literary Nonfiction,” “Poetry”—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 January 18, 2017 and March 20, 2017 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) on March 20, 2017). All entrants will be notified of results by email.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: only one piece per entry, up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: only one poem per entry, up to 3 pages in length. Please do not submit more than three entries total.

Here is the link to follow to enter your work:


Submittable link for the COR Student Writing Awards



For More Information About:

Guidelines for the COR Student Writing Awards

Winners of the most recent COR Student Writing Awards

Charles Johnson, Rafael Torch, and Allison Joseph

Past Winners of the Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award 2011 - 2005


These awards are co-sponsored by:

Dr. Charles Johnson

Crab Orchard Review

Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Liberal Arts

The English Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale


If you don’t find the information you’re looking for on our website, we can always be reached for information about subscriptions, current guidelines, upcoming themes, or contests by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Department of English
Faner Hall 2380 - Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901


PHONE: 618-453-6833
FAX: 618-453-8224

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