General Submissions Open September 15!
The reading period is open from September 15 through November 15, or when our 300 Submittable Cap is hit. The editors seek original, unpublished poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction via Submittable. Submissions are free, and payment is in contributor copies. We look forward to reading your work, and encourage early submissions.
General Submission Guidelines:
Send up to four poems, no more than eight pages total. We welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content, except that we will not consider work that is defamatory, discriminatory, or that promotes hatred. 12pt standard font. One batch of submissions per reading period. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; please do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revisions concerns.
Send one piece up to 1,000 words per submission period. We’re looking to publish fresh perspectives from diverse voices—essays where race, ethnicity, pop culture, class, identity, gender, humor, sexuality, diasporas, and language intersect. We want to read exceptional narratives that illuminate the range of bitter and sweet that is human existence. Regardless of topic, we’re looking for well-crafted prose that exhibits depth and nuance, a clear voice, personal reflection, and vivid scenes. Experimental and non-traditional forms welcome. We do not publish literary criticism, scholarly articles, or straight reportage. Double-spaced, 12-point standard font. Revisions may be made upon acceptance; do not withdraw and resubmit your work due to revision concerns.
We are back with a Fast Lane to open our fall submission period! Opening September 15 and closing September 25, we are reading your poems and flash creative nonfiction, and sending feedback in ten days or less!
For Fast Lane submissions, we are looking for originality, risk-taking, and consummate craftsmanship. The $4.00 submission fee includes a 10-day response time. Pieces will be included in our spring issue.
General Manuscript Guidelines:
Title your document with your name and the genre. (i.e: GwendolynBrooks_Poetry; Adrienne Rich_Nonfiction).
Include a cover letter in the provided space (not in the document). Please include a 50-word bio and the title/s of the poems you are submitting, and whether this is a simultaneous submission. Only original, previously unpublished work will be considered. We welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content except that we will not consider work that promotes or condones intolerance, hatred, or is defamatory or discriminatory.
You may submit as many times as you like, but each submission requires payment of the FAST LANE fee of $4.00. Revisions may be made upon acceptance.
Fast Lane Submission Guidelines:
CLOSED--The Spring Crab Submissions
What We Are Seeking:
We’re looking for writing that explores ritual in myriad forms:
This list is meant to get your ideas flowing. We hope that you will surprise us with additional ideas that explore the concept of ritual in imaginative ways.
We hope to receive a variety of writing with interpretations of this theme from writers of all backgrounds and publication histories. We especially welcome work from writers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, writers of all sexual orientations and gender identities, writers of varying socio-economic status, and writers with physical or mental differences.
CLOSED--Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize
The entry period for the 2023 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest begins on February 15th with entries accepted until May 15, 2023. A $500 prize will be awarded for the winning poem. All entries considered for publication. Winner and finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review.
The entry fee is $16 per submission. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each batch must be submitted separately, with its own entry fee. This submission fee funds the print production of each issue.
About the Judge
Nicky Beer is a bi/queer writer, and the author of Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed, 2022). Her first two books, The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010) and The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon, 2015), were both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. She has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.
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