Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize - currently closed for submissions. 2018 contest judge to be announced soon!
2017 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize judge
Diane Seuss was born in Indiana and raised in Michigan. She earned a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Western Michigan University. Seuss is the author of the poetry collections Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl (2018); Four-Legged Girl (2015), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), winner of the 2009 Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (1998). Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Georgia Review, Brevity, Able Muse, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and the Missouri Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2014. She was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English at Colorado College in 2012, and she has taught at Kalamazoo College since 1988.
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Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize Guidelines
$500 cash prize for a single poem. The winner and finalists will be published in the following volume of Crab Creek Review, and all entries will be considered for publication.
Crab Creek Review Follows the Council of Literary Magazine and Presses Contest Code of Ethics
We Subscribe to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics.
CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
Crab Creek Review uses a blind judging system to arrive at the contest winner. This is how we do it:
1. We accept submissions via Submittable and use its tools to ensure that all identifying information is hidden from our contest readers throughout the selections process.
2. We ask entrants not to include their names or contact information within the document they upload to Submittable or its title.
3. No staff members who participate as readers have a Submittable status that allows them to see identifying information – the “blind” level is set at the very top, so that even the editor-in-chief cannot see identifying information.
4. All readers access the entries via Submittable, and final selections are made (varies 20-50; as many as the judge indicates he/she would like to see).
5. If any reader recognizes the author of a particular poem, that reader recuses herself or himself from the reading of that work, without explanation of the connection.
5. The contest coordinator provides Submittable access to the judge for reading the final selections; no identifying information is available.
6. Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge, are excluded from the contest. Likewise, current and former Crab Creek Review staff are excluded, as are members of their immediate families. If any of the selected authors fall under these categories they will be disqualified, and a replacement will be chosen from among the finalists. As poetry is a relatively small community, and the contest is judged blindly, we feel acquaintance and participation in a workshop taught by the judge should not be a disqualifying factor, so long as none of the poems in a manuscript is recognizable to the judge. Anyone wondering if they might be a “close friend” probably is. It seems silly to define friendship, but for the purposes of this contest, we'll call a “close friend” anyone with whom we have direct correspondence (either written or verbal) once a month or more. And please remember that if a poem is recognizable to the judge, it will be disqualified.
Congratulations to the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize winner and finalists
Hearty congratulations to Connie Post, winner of the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize! Connie will be awarded $500, and her poem, "Gardening" will appear in the fall issue of Crab Creek Review. Three finalists were also chosen: "Ode to the Continuously Renamed", by Elizabeth Acevedo; "Desgraciado", by José Angel Araguz; and "Selfie at the End of the World", by Francine Witte.
Congratulations, 2015 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest Winners!
The first place winner of the $500 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize is Laura Read, for her poem Invagination. Congratulations, Laura Read!
Two finalists are Jenn Givhan for Santiago's Song and Elizabeth Vignali for April Fool. Matthew Guenette received an Honorable Mention for Upon Hearing Dubuque Referred to as a Sh*t Hole.
All four poems will be published in the 2015 fall edition of Crab Creek Review. Thanks to Erin Belieu, Crab Creek Review's 2015 poetry contest judge, and to all those who submitted.
Congratulations, 2014 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest Winners!
Thanks to Sarah Vap, Crab Creek Review's spring poetry contest judge, and to all those who submitted. So many fine poems came across the transom--a total of 40 of them will appear in our fall issue.
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