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Check out these issues that feature winners of recent Annual Literary Prizes:

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Annual Literary Contests

The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize,
Jack Dyer Fiction Prize,
John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$2,000 and publication to each genre winner
(finalists are offered $500 and publication)

All Entries must be submitted through

February 21, 2015 – April 30, 2015 (extended deadline)
Entry Fee: $15.00 per entry
All entrants with a U.S. postal address receive a copy of the issue featuring COR's Annual Literary Contests winners ($14.00 value; $1.00 for Submittable service)



One winner and at least two finalists will be chosen in each category (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work). The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a payment of $500) in the next Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website and in the following year's March/April POETS & WRITERS.

The submission period for this year's prize competitions is February 21, 2015 through April 30, 2015 (extended deadline). Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale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.

*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been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are considered for the COR's Annual Literary Contests, but the winning entries and finalists must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here to be eligible for the awards and publication.

All entries must be submitted online between February 21, 2014 and the end of April 21, 2015 (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on April 30, 2015 (extended deadline)). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by June 30, 2015.

All entries will also be considered for publication in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue. Regular CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW contributor’s payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner or finalist.

We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of July 2015.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Entries may be under consideration elsewhere, but CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW must be informed immediately if a submission is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for submissions withdrawn by the author.


Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length.

Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction.

The author's name should not appear on any page of the entry.

One COR Annual Literary Contest poetry entry, or one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $15.00 online entry fee. You may enter in each genre up to three times if you wish; you may also enter as many genres as you wish.

We will send you a copy of the 2016 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these competitions, to a U.S. postal address for your first entry and extend your subscription beyond that according to the number of entries you have. Due to the extremely high cost of International Mail and uncertainty of successful delivery, individuals entering from overseas will need to provide a United States postal address to receive a copy of the issue.

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We are pleased to announce the winners and finalists of last year's Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize, and Richard Peterson Poetry Prize.

In fiction, the winning entry is “The Generous Universe” by Kathy Conde of Superior, Colorado. The judge selected two finalists in fiction, and they are “Elephant Teeth” by Colette Sartor of Los Angeles, California, and “Roman Road” by Rebecca Starks of Richmond, Vermont.

In poetry, the winning entry is “Gold Bee” by Bruce Bond of Denton, Texas. The judge selected two finalists in poetry, and they are “The Drowned Church of Potosí, Venezuela” by Frank Paino of Berea, Ohio, and “Coming through Fire” by Jeanie Thompson of Montgomery, Alabama.

In literary nonfiction, the winning entry is “We’d Step Away from the Night” by Terrance Manning Jr. of Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The judge selected two finalists in literary nonfiction, and they are “Trapped Heat” by Allison Coffelt of Columbia, Missouri, and “The Surest Way to Survive” by Ming Holden of Santa Barbara, California.

The final judge for this year’s competitions was Allison Joseph, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW’s poetry editor and editor-in-chief.

All three winners will receive $2000 and their winning entries will appear in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, Volume 20, Number 1 (Winter/Spring 2015). Also, all the finalists will be announced to our readers in this issue and each finalist has been offered publication in the issue with a payment of $500 (all other work in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW receives $25 per published page). Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and thanks to all the entrants for their interest in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.


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:

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Carbondale, IL 62901


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