How are the competitions screened?
The series editor screens every entry. The entries are read over and over again until the series editor arrives at a group of finalist manuscripts to send an outside judge for the selection of the winning collection or collections. There is no artificial number of finalists set before the entries arrivethe finalist manuscripts are all of the entries the series editor feels are ready to be published and would make fine additions to the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.
How are author information, cover letters, biographical notes, and acknowledgments handled?
All of the above materials are removed from the manuscripts when the entries are processed. The finalist manuscripts are sent to the final judge free of all such materials.
The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry competitions DO NOT claim to be screened or judged blind since the manuscripts entered may include some or all previously published poems. We want the persons screening and judging our competitions to be avid readers of contemporary poetry and expect their experience as readers to be an integral part of their knowledge of poetry.
How is the final judge selected?
Final judges for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry competitions are accomplished poets. Our past judges include Michelle Boisseau, Ralph Burns, Richard Cecil, Chad Davidson, James Harms, Cynthia Huntington, Rodney Jones, Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph, Julia Kasdorf, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Lucia Perillo, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Tim Seibles, Jason Sommer, Cathy Song, Maura Stanton, Natasha Trethewey, Michael Waters, David Wojahn, and Jake Adam York.
Beginning with the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry competitions, the final judge will be selected and announced before the submission period opens for each competition. 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 published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible to enter either competition.
The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
published by Southern Illinois University Press
copublished by Crab Orchard Review
Jon Tribble, Series Editor
CRAB ORCHARD SERIES IN POETRY TITLES FROM SIU PRESS:
|2013 First Book Award||see guidelines||Submit 5/10-7/6/2013|
|2013 Open Competition Award||see guidelines||Submit 10/1 - 11/17/2012|
|2013 Open Competition Award||see guidelines||Submit 10/1 - 11/17/2012|
|2012 Editor's Selection||Chad Davidson||From the Fire Hills|
|2012 First Book Award||Tarfia Faizullah||Seam|
|2012 Open Competition Award||Jeffrey Skinner||Glaciology|
|2012 Open Competition Award||Jason Sommer||The Laughter of Adam and Eve|
|2011 Editor's Selection||Amy Fleury||Sympathetic Magic|
|2011 First Book Award||Tyler Mills||Tongue Lyre|
|2011 Open Competition Award||Jacob Shores-Arguello||In the Absence of Clocks|
|2011 Open Competition Award||Wally Swist||Huang Po and the Dimemsions of Love|
|2010 Editor's Selection||Cynthia Huntington||Heavenly Bodies|
|2010 First Book Award||Claire McQuerry||Lacemakers|
|2010 Open Competition Award||Brian Barker||The Black Ocean|
|2010 Open Competition Award||Camille Dungy||Smith Blue|
|2009 Editor's Selection||Jake Adam York||Persons Unknown|
|2009 First Book Award||Traci Brimhall||Rookery|
|2009 Open Competition Award||Todd Hearon||Strange Land|
|2009 Open Competition Award||Jennifer Richter||Threshold|
|2008 Editor's Selection||Lee Ann Roripaugh||On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year|
|2008 First Book Award||William Notter||Holding Everything Down|
|2008 Open Competition Award||Alison Townsend||Persephone in America|
|2008 Open Competition Award||Jesse Lee Kercheval||Cinema Muto|
|2007 Editor's Selection||Chad Davidson||The Last Predicta|
|2007 First Book Award||Sean Nevin||Oblivio Gate|
|2007 Open Competition Award||Ciaran Berry||The Sphere of Birds|
|2007 Open Competition Award||Jake Adam York||A Murmuration of Starlings|
|2006 Editor's Selection||Oliver de la Paz||Furious Lullaby|
|2006 First Book Award||Mary Jo Firth Gillett||Soluble Fish|
|2006 Open Competition Award||Moira Linehan||If No Moon|
|2006 Open Competition Award||Honorée Fanonne Jeffers||Red Clay Suite|
|2005 Editor's Selection||Julianna Baggott||Lizzie Borden in Love|
|2005 First Book Award||Jennifer Maier||Dark Alphabet|
|2005 Open Competition Award||David Hernandez||Always Danger|
|2005 Open Competition Award||Susan B.A. Somers-Willett||Roam|
|2004 Editor's Selection||Timothy Liu||For Dust Thou Art|
|2004 First Book Award||A. Loudermilk||Strange Valentine|
|2004 Open Competition Award||Victoria Chang||Circle|
|2004 Open Competition Award||Greg Pape||American Flamingo|
|2003 Editor's Selection||Richard Cecil||Twenty First Century Blues|
|2003 First Book Award||Amy Fleury||Beautiful Trouble|
|2003 Open Competition Award||Jon Pineda||Birthmark|
|2003 Open Competition Award||Lee Ann Roripaugh||Year of the Snake|
|2002 First Book Award||Chad Davidson||Consolation Miracle|
|2002 Open Competition Award||Elton Glaser||Pelican Tracks|
|2002 Open Competition Award||Patricia Jabbeh Wesley||Becoming Ebony|
|2001 First Book Award||Joelle Biele||White Summer|
|2001 Open Competition Award||Joy Katz||Fabulae|
|2001 Open Competition Award||Susan Aizenberg||Muse|
|2000 First Book Award||Vandana Khanna||Train to Agra|
|2000 Open Competition Award||J. Allyn Rosser||Misery Prefigured|
|2000 Open Competition Award||Julianna Baggott||This Country of Mothers|
|2000 Open Competition Award||Oliver de la Paz||Names Above Houses|
|1999 Open Competition Award||Marilene Phipps||Crossroads and Unholy Water|
|1999 Open Competition Award||Elton Glaser||Winter Amnesties|
|1998 Open Competition Award||Denise Duhamel||Star-Spangled Banner|
|1998 Open Competition Award||Richard Cecil||In Search of the Great Dead|
The Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry began in 1998 as a co-publishing venture of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press. In 2004, the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry changed its name to the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry to reﬂect a new area in our ongoing project to publish some of the best new work by established and new voices in American poetry. In addition to continuing to publish our First Book Award and our Open Competition Award winners each year, the series began in 2004 to publish Editor’s Selections chosen by the series editor to build upon and expand the strengths of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Editor's Selections are selected from manuscripts submitted to the series editor from authors who are currently published in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry (who are no longer eligible to enter the Open Competition) or from poets who have already published one or more books who are invited by the series editor to submit a manuscript. There is no open reading period for Editor's Selections and first books are not considered.
We want to thank all the readers and writers who have made the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry such a success and we look forward to bringing you more new titles in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Open Competition of manuscripts submitted each Fall (October 1 through November 17; see guidelines for details). In addition to the Open Competition Award, the series will publish the winner of the annual First Book Award selected from poetry manuscripts submitted in the Spring (May 10 through July 6; see guidelines for details).