Crab Orchard Review


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Send us submissions in the following categories:

Poetry, particularly formal poetry under 40 lines. Free verse is also welcomed, as is prose poetry.

Fiction, particularly shorter forms: micro fiction, flash fiction, and brief novel excerpts. We will read fiction of any length, but are more interested in shorter pieces, rather than longer ones.

Nonfiction: interested in brief personal essays, flash creative nonfiction, braided and hybrid essay forms.

Book Reviews and Author Interviews: interested in author interviews of and book reviews about small and independent-press authors. Please query before sending interviews or book reviews.

Submission Guidelines:

Submit works as a PDF file or a Word document along with contact information and a brief, 3rd-person, author profile not to exceed 75 words.

For poems: submit 3-5 poems per submission

For prose: up to 10 pages per submission

For book reviews/interviews: Please query prior to sending book reviews or interviews.

We will ask to see the review or interview if we are interested.

Response time: 2 weeks to 2 months

Upon acceptance, we will request electronic rights. Rights will return to the author after publication. No monetary payment, but your work will be promoted online and via our Crab Orchard Review social media accounts.

Submit via email to:

Allison Joseph, Editor (

Submission window for Fall 2024 issue: February 15, 2024 to May 15, 2024 (Solicited Authors Only for an anticipated August ’24 launch)

Submission window for Spring 2025 issue: September 15, 2024 to Dec 15, 2024 (Open Call for an anticipated March ’25 launch)

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