Annual Literary Contests

The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize

Jack Dyer Fiction Prize

John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$1,250 and publication online to each genre winner

Reading Period:

March 21, 2018 - April 30, 2018

Entry Fee

$12.00 entry. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entries must be submitted via Submittable


Please find all our guidelines on our Submittable page

All Entries must be submitted through Submittable.
One winner 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 in the next general issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW ONLINE. Finalists and other entries will be offered publication in the online issue as well. The expected publication date of that issue is February 2018. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Online Website and the winners will appear in the following year's May/June POETS & WRITERS.

Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author's name should not appear on any page.

All questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Visit Our Contact Page