SUBMISSION READING PERIOD
Crab Creek Review wants to read your poems, short stories, and
creative nonfiction! Our reading period for general submissions opens
October 5, 2013 and closes December 15, 2013.
EMAIL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
We look forward to reading your work during the reading period.
Please send your work to crabcreeksubmissions (at)gmail(dot)com from
October 1 through December 15. Submissions received outside of the reading
period will not be read. We welcome simultaneous submissions, and request
that you notify us promptly should your work become unavailable for
We do not consider previously published work.
Poetry: Send up to 3 poems, no more than 6 pages total. We
welcome your best work, and have no restrictions on form or content. See
manuscript guidelines below.
Fiction: Send up to 4,000 words, double-spaced. We accept
short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone. See manuscript
Creative Nonfiction: Send up to 4,000 words,
double-spaced. We are interested in creative nonfiction essays on any topic
that will engage a general reader; we will also consider excerpts from
book-length works, but they must be able to stand alone. At this time we
are not accepting book reviews, literary criticism, scholarly articles or
straight reportage. See manuscript guidelines below.
General Manuscript Guidelines:
For all genres: Manuscripts must be typed and submitted in .doc, .docx,
PDF, or .rtf format. Please use a standard 12 pt font (Arial, Times New
Roman or similar), and standard margins between 1” and 2”. Do not include
graphics or embed any objects in your document. Include your contact
information, including name, mailing address, email address, and telephone
number at the top of the first page of your document.
Poetry may be single spaced or double spaced. If formatting preservation is
a concern, please send your submission in PDF format. Contact information
should be included at the top of the first page of each poem.
Fiction and creative nonfiction must be double-spaced, with the word count
(4000 words maximum, no minimum word count) noted at the top of the first
page of the submission.
Email Submission Checklist:
• All genres: Email your submission to:
• The subject line must include the genre of your
submission and your name. It should read, for example:
FICTION Submission _Virginia Woolf. This is VERY IMPORTANT! Misaddressed
submissions may not reach the intended editor. Please take care to properly
label the subject of your submission.
• If you are submitting poetry, you may submit up to 3 poems (6 pages
• If you are submitting fiction or creative nonfiction, you may submit up
to 4,000 words.
• All submissions should be previously unpublished.
• Include a cover letter in the body of the email (not in an
attachment). It should include your contact information (please
include your mailing address, email, and phone #), a brief bio,
and the titles of the pieces you are submitting.
• Send your poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction in .doc, .docx, PDF, or
.rtf format as a SINGLE attachment to your email. Title your document with
your full name and the genre of your work, as follows:
• Should you submit something that is under simultaneous
consideration elsewhere, please indicate this in your cover letter, and
notify us immediately (crabcreeksubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com)
if the piece is accepted elsewhere.
• We aim for a response time between 2 and 4 months. If you haven't heard
from us within 3 months, most likely your work has made it to the final
• Submissions received outside of the reading period will be deleted
• Please submit no more than one batch of poems or one prose piece per
Our current payment is in the form of one copy of the issue for which
your work has been accepted. We buy first rights as well as the rights to use
your name and the accepted work (whole or part) on our website. Beyond this
use and following publication, rights revert to the author. We ask that
Crab Creek Review be acknowledged in any subsequent publication
of the work.
Crab Creek Review nominates yearly for the Pushcart Prize
and chooses an annual Editors' Prize
($100) for the best poem, short story, or creative nonfiction essay from
the two issues published in a given year.
We are proud of our literary magazine and hope you will want to purchase a copy of
your own. We encourage you to subscribe!
Thank you for your interest in Crab Creek Review. We look
forward to reading your work.