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Guidelines for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is published twice per year, under the auspices of the Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and with partial funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

We consider poetry submissions only for our Winter/Spring issue (always a general issue) from February 15 through April 1. We no longer consider postal submissions of fiction and literary nonfiction for our general issue because the available pages are used for our winners of the COR Student Writing Awards in those genres and the winners and finalists of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Annual Literary Contests in those genres, the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Since sending out work is expensive for prose writers (to mail) and takes time and energy, we want fiction and literary nonfiction writers to know that we simply do not have the funds to publish and mail longer and heavier issues and that as long as we are a print journal we do not foresee that changing.

From August 15 through October 1, we only consider submissions for the Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry. All entries for the Special Issue Feature Awards are through SUBMITTABLE and are considered for publication in the issue.

From October 1 through November 10, we will consider both poetry and prose submissions for our Summer/Fall special issue (check our Call for Submissions Page for information on the upcoming special issue). This is a postmark deadline. It is never necessary to Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS any submission to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

Please send only one submission at a time during a submission period and submit work that is appropriate for the issue we are reading for at the time. If your submission is not held by one of three editors for a later round of consideration, it will be returned to you as soon as possible. After you receive your response from us, you are welcome to submit again for that issue or to wait for the next submission period. Authors may expect a response within nine months, with one to five months being the usual turnaround. If we have your work longer than six months, it has made the final round of work being considered for publication in the next issue.

After August 15, if you send work during the Fall that is not appropriate for the upcoming special issue in 2014 (for submission)/2015 (for publication)—our special issue will be on the topic "20 Years: Writing About 1995-2015"—we will return it to you as soon as our editor, Allison Joseph, has logged the work in. She will let you know about the special issue we are reading for at the time and remind poets of the reading period in the Spring for our general issue. We do not backlog accepted work as a policy at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

 

Please observe the following rules in submitting work to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW:

Fiction (please submit mailed fiction submissions only during a Special Issue Call for Submission Period; August 15 through October 1): Mailed fiction should be typed, double spaced, and paginated. The author's name, address and phone number should appear on the manuscript. Do not submit more than one story per submission. Stories should be twenty-five pages or less. Novel excerpts are acceptable, as long as they stand on their own as fiction. We are open to all styles of fiction and include four to six stories in every issue. In the Winter/Spring issue each year, we publish the winner of the COR Student Writing Award in Fiction and the winner and the finalists of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. These two competitions are currently the only ways we consider fiction for our Winter/Spring general issue. In the Summer/Fall issue each year, we publish the winner of the Special Issue Feature Award in Fiction.

 

Literary Nonfiction (please submit mailed literary nonfiction submissions only during a Special Issue Call for Submission Period; August 15 through October 1): Mailed literary nonfiction should be typed, double spaced, and paginated. The author's name, address and phone number should appear on the manuscript. We publish non-academic explorative essays of twenty-five pages or less, including memoirs, vignettes, and essays on identity and culture. Do not submit more than one piece per submission. In the Winter/Spring issue each year, we publish the winner of the COR Student Writing Award in Literary Nonfiction and the winner and the finalists of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. These two competitions are currently the only ways we consider fiction for our Winter/Spring general issue. In the Summer/Fall issue each year, we publish the winner of the Special Issue Feature Award in Literary Nonfiction.

 

Poetry (mailed general issue submissions from February 15 through April 1: mailed Special Issue Call for Submission Period; August 15 through October 1): All poems should be typed, single spaced, with the author's name, address, and phone number on each poem. Do not submit more than six poems. We are open to all styles of poetry and plan to include 40 to 50 poems in each issue. Find out here about the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. In the Winter/Spring issue each year, we publish the winner of the COR Student Writing Award in Poetry and the winner and the finalists of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. In the Summer/Fall issue each year, we publish the winner of the Special Issue Feature Award in Poetry.

 

Payment: Payment for accepted work is twenty-five dollars per published magazine page (fifty US dollars minimum for poetry, one hundred US dollars minimum for prose). Accepted authors will also receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears and a year's subscription. Payment will be made upon publication.

 

General Submission Policies: Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with all mailed submissions, or they will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions are considered and welcomed. We do not wish to limit the opportunities an author might wish to explore while we are working on our issues. Please inform us if submitted work is no longer available for first publication. We will not consider previously published material.

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW DOES NOT CONSIDER SUBMISSIONS VIA E-MAIL (THOUGH WE WILL NOTIFY WRITERS OF OUR DECISION ON A SUBMISSION VIA E-MAIL IF REQUESTED).

THERE ARE A VARIETY OF TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE WILL OPEN OUR SUBMITTABLE PAGE FOR SUBMISSIONS. CHECK OUT OUR CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUBMIT WORK ELECTRONICALLY.

ALL CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW CONTESTS ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS THROUGH SUBMITTABLE:

Submit online to Crab Orchard Review's Special Issue Feature Awards using Submittable  (This year's Special Issue Feature Awards will open on August 15, 2014.)

 

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CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Dept. of English
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618-453-5321



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

EMAIL: jtribble@siu.edu

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

 

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