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WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S OPEN COMPETITION. CONTEST SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH SUBMITTABLE FROM OCTOBER 1, 2014 THROUGH DECEMBER 5, 2014. (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
Because of staffing and university auditing concerns, we can no longer accept postal submissions on contests. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 

Image of Denise Duhamel's Star-Spangled Banner cover with Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Logo and Wally Swist's Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love cover

 

2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
Open Competition Awards
$4000 and publication
for two collections of poems
final judge: Cyrus Cassells

 

Below are the guidelines for the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition (online submissions only):

All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors who have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press or have a book under contract with Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible for the Open Competition.) For questions about judging, please visit http://www.CrabOrchardReview.siu.edu/conpo3.html.

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through December 5, 2014 (extended deadline). The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $2500 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets’ collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online through Submittable between October 1, 2014 and the end of December 5, 2014 (extended deadline). (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (PST) on December 5, 2014). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted, though you may request to edit your manuscript through Submittable before the entry deadline if you discover a mistake in your file (please do not withdraw your manuscript and re-submit since you will be charged for each submission); the winners will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscripts are delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $28.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year's subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2015 Summer/Fall CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, our 20th Anniversary special issue.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $28.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file. YOUR NAME SHOULD APPEAR NOWHERE IN YOUR MANUSCRIPT.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by May 1, 2015.

 

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.

E-MAIL: jtribble@siu.edu (e-mail preferred)
PHONE: 618-453-6833


Last Year's Open Competition Winners

Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press are pleased to announce the selections for the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards. Our final judge, Adrienne Su, selected Sass Brown's USA-1000 and Lisa Fay Coutley's ERRATA as this year's winners. Both collections will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in August 2015 and both authors will be awarded a $2500 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets' collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

 

 

CRAB ORCHARD SERIES IN POETRY OPEN COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS:

Year
Author
Title
Final Judge
2015 Open Competition Award see guidelines Submit 10/1 - 12/05/2014 Cyrus Cassells
2015 Open Competition Award see guidelines Submit 10/1 - 12/05/2014 Cyrus Cassells
2014 Open Competition Award Sass Brown USA-1000 selected by Adrienne Su
2014 Open Competition Award Lisa Fay Coutley Errata selected by Adrienne Su
2013 Open Competition Award Dan Albergotti Millennial Teeth selected by Rodney Jones
2013 Open Competition Award TJ Jarrett Zion selected by Rodney Jones
2012 Open Competition Award Jeffrey Skinner Glaciology selected by Cynthia Huntington
2012 Open Competition Award Jason Sommer The Laughter of Adam and Eve selected by Cynthia Huntington
2011 Open Competition Award Jacob Shores-Arguello In the Absence of Clocks selected by Yusef Komunyakaa
2011 Open Competition Award Wally Swist Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love selected by Yusef Komunyakaa
2010 Open Competition Award Brian Barker The Black Ocean selected by Michael Waters
2010 Open Competition Award Camille Dungy Smith Blue selected by Michael Waters
2009 Open Competition Award Todd Hearon Strange Land selected by Natasha Trethewey
2009 Open Competition Award Jennifer Richter Threshold selected by Natasha Trethewey
2008 Open Competition Award Alison Townsend Persephone in America selected by David Wojahn
2008 Open Competition Award Jesse Lee Kercheval Cinema Muto selected by David Wojahn
2007 Open Competition Award
Ciaran Berry The Sphere of Birds selected by Cathy Song
2007 Open Competition Award Jake Adam York A Murmuration of Starlings selected by Cathy Song
2006 Open Competition Award Moira Linehan If No Moon selected by Dorianne Laux
2006 Open Competition Award Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Red Clay Suite selected by Dorianne Laux
2005 Open Competition Award David Hernandez Always Danger selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller
2005 Open Competition Award Susan B.A. Somers-Willett Roam selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller
2004 Open Competition Award Victoria Chang Circle selected by Richard Cecil
2004 Open Competition Award Greg Pape American Flamingo selected by Richard Cecil
2003 Open Competition Award Jon Pineda Birthmark selected by Ralph Burns
2003 Open Competition Award Lee Ann Roripaugh Year of the Snake selected by Ralph Burns
2002 Open Competition Award Elton Glaser Pelican Tracks selected by Tim Seibles
2002 Open Competition Award Patricia Jabbeh Wesley Becoming Ebony selected by Tim Seibles
2001 Open Competition Award Joy Katz Fabulae selected by Maura Stanton
2001 Open Competition Award Susan Aizenberg Muse selected by Maura Stanton
2000 Open Competition Award J. Allyn Rosser Misery Prefigured selected by Rodney Jones
2000 Open Competition Award Julianna Baggott This Country of Mothers selected by Rodney Jones
2000 Open Competition Award Oliver de la Paz Names Above Houses selected by Rodney Jones
1999 Open Competition Award Marilene Phipps Crossroads and Unholy Water selected by Lucia Perillo
1999 Open Competition Award Elton Glaser Winter Amnesties selected by Lucia Perillo
1998 Open Competition Award Denise Duhamel Star-Spangled Banner selected by Rodney Jones
1998 Open Competition Award Richard Cecil In Search of the Great Dead selected by Rodney Jones

FOR A FULL LIST OF THE CRAB ORCHARD SERIES IN POETRY TITLES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

FOR A LIST OF BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CRAB ORCHARD SERIES IN POETRY FIRST BOOK AND OPEN COMPETITIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

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